SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
Indian Space Research Organisation has delayed the test-flight and the first flight is likely to take place in October said the latest media report. Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) first flight was scheduled for by end of July but that now has been postponed due to Chandrayaan-2 Mission and not due to any technical reasons said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.
Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) is a vehicle-on-demand rocket and can carry payloads up to 500kg to the lower orbit which can be assembled in 2-3 days as permission requirement. SSLV is also cheapest Rocket developed by ISRO and will be costing just over 15 Crores per rocket which is way cheaper then what core alone variant of PSLV costs at around 150 crores.
According to Industrial estimates, As costs come down, demand will rise, to perhaps thousands of satellite launches a year, from the dozens that happen now. ISRO plans to grab a major chunk of the Small Satellite launch market by offering price which is among the cheapest.
ISRO is already facing stiff competition from American Space startups which are already designing smaller rockets to cater to Small Satellite launch market and companies like Vector Launch and Rocket Lab have already developed and tested Small Rockets for this market but ISRO official who spoke to idrw.org said that SSLV will be a lot cheaper to build and even informed us that Electron Orbital launch vehicle developed by Rocket Lab is the closest rival to the SSLV in terms of technical parameters but each launch vehicle is estimated to be around 40 crores in India rupees.
But real threat might arise from the Chinese Government-backed Private companies who are also in the race to develop rockets which can cater to the Small Satellite launch market and will be able to compete with India’s ISRO in terms of price but ISRO enjoys a better reputation in the western countries in terms of launch success of Small Satellite with PSLV and if SSLV can be like PSLV in terms of successful launches then ISRO can corner this segment feels Industrial experts.
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