ISRO successfully launches SSLV-D2, satellites put in orbit

Source: The post is based on the article “ISRO successfully launches SSLV-D2, satellites put in orbit” published in The Hindu on 11th February 2023.

What is the News?

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its second developmental flight of a Small Satellite Launch Vehicle — SSLV-D2 — and placed three satellites in a precise orbit.

About SSLV-D2

The SSLV-D2 mission put three satellites a) ISRO’s Earth Observation Satellite EOS 07, b) U.S.-based firm’s Antaris’ Janus-1 and c) Chennai-based space startup SpaceKidz’s AzaadiSAT-2.

Note: SSLV-D1 is considered as a partial failure as it failed to place the satellite in the desired orbit because of a shortfall in velocity. 

What is a Small Satellite Launch Vehicle(SSLV)?

Read here: Small Satellite Launch Vehicle(SSLV)

It is configured with three solid propulsion stages and a velocity terminal module.

The SSLVs provide a) low-cost access to space, b) offer low turn-around time, c) provide flexibility in accommodating multiple satellites, and d) demand minimal launch infrastructure.

What is EOS-07?

EOS-07 satellite is designed, developed and realized by ISRO.

Objective: To design and develop payload instruments compatible with microsatellite buses and new technologies, which are required for future operational satellites.

Moreover, it will also design and develop a microsatellite accommodating new technology payloads in a quick turn-around time.

What is Janus-1?

It is a technology demonstrator, smart satellite mission based on the Antaris software platform.

What is Azaadi SAT?

Read here: Azaadi SAT


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