ISRO’s new rocket SSLV-D2 launch today: Key details to know

During its 15-minute flight, the SSLV-D2 will try to place three satellites into a 450 km circular orbit, according to the space agency.

From its primary launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, the Indian Space Research Organization will launch the second developmental mission of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) on Friday. It will take off at 9:18 a.m. Indian Space Research Organization stated the SSLV-D2 will attempt to launch three satellites into a 450 km circular orbit during its 15-minute flight (ISRO).

Here are things to know:


1) SSLV-D2 will attempt to launch three satellites: ISRO’s EOS-07, Antaris’ Janus-1 from the US, and SpaceKidz’s AzaadiSAT-2 from Chennai.

2) According to ISRO, SSLV supports the ‘launch-on-demand’ launch of satellites weighing up to 500 kg into low Earth orbits. It offers low launch infrastructure requirements, quick turnaround times, flexibility in housing several satellites, and affordable access to space.

3) Three solid propulsion stages and a velocity terminal module make up its configuration. It is a 34 m tall, 2 m in diameter, 120 tonnes liftoff vehicle.

4) The 156.3 kilogramme EOS-07 spacecraft was created, produced, and launched by ISRO. mm-Wave Humidity Sounder and Spectrum Monitoring Payload are two new experiments. While the 10.2 kilogramme Janus-1 satellite is owned by USA-based Antaris. AzaadiSAT-2, an 8.7 kg satellite, was created by 750 female students from all around India under the direction of Space Kidz India, Chennai.

5) The SSLV’s maiden test flight, which took place on August 9 of last year, was partially unsuccessful since the rocket was unable to place its satellite payload into the desired orbit. According to an ISRO inquiry into SSLV-failure, D1’s the mission failed after the launch vehicle’s upper stage put the satellite into an unstable, highly elliptical orbit.