India’s new rocket launched for the primary time on Saturday evening (Aug. 6), and it is nonetheless too early to inform whether or not or not it earned its wings.
The 112-foot-tall (34 meters) Small Satellite tv for pc Launch Automobile (SSLV) lifted off from Satish Dhawan Area Centre on India’s southeastern coast on Saturday at 11:48 p.m. EDT (0348 GMT and 9:18 a.m. India Commonplace Time on Sunday, Aug. 7) with two satellites onboard.
The rocket’s three solid-fueled phases carried out effectively, however its fourth and last stage, a liquid-fueled “velocity trimming module” (VTM), apparently hit a snag.
“SSLV-D1/EOS-02 Mission: Maiden flight of SSLV is accomplished. All phases carried out as anticipated. Information loss is noticed through the terminal stage. It’s being analysed. Will probably be up to date quickly,” the Indian Area Analysis Organisation (ISRO) stated by way of Twitter (opens in new tab) not lengthy after liftoff. (This tweet means that ISRO doesn’t contemplate the VTM, which is akin to the “kick stage” that Rocket Lab makes use of with its Electron booster, a full-fledged stage.)
SSLV-D1/EOS-02 Mission: Maiden flight of SSLV is accomplished. All phases carried out as anticipated. Information loss is noticed through the terminal stage. It’s being analysed. Will probably be up to date quickly.August 7, 2022
The rocket was purported to deploy the 2 satellites about 13 minutes after liftoff into an orbit 221 miles (356 kilometers) above Earth. It is unclear if that occurred, or if the info loss signifies a significant issue; we’ll have to attend for an replace from ISRO to seek out out.
The principle payload on Saturday’s check mission was EOS-02, a 300-pound (135 kilograms) experimental Earth-observation satellite tv for pc. “This microsat sequence satellite tv for pc provides superior optical distant sensing working in infrared band with excessive spatial decision,” ISRO officers wrote in a description of Saturday’s mission (opens in new tab).
The second satellite tv for pc that went up Saturday was an 18-pound (8 kg) cubesat known as AzaadiSAT. This little spacecraft was loaded with 75 totally different payloads, which had been constructed by feminine college students throughout India to carry out a wide range of “femto-experiments.”
“The payloads embody a UHF-VHF transponder working in ham radio frequency to allow voice and knowledge transmission for newbie radio operators, a strong state PIN diode-based radiation counter to measure the ionizing radiation in its orbit, a long-range transponder and a selfie digicam,” ISRO officers wrote within the mission description.
As its identify signifies, the SSLV is designed to launch comparatively small satellites; the rocket can loft as much as 1,100 kilos (500 kg) to low Earth orbit (LEO), based on ISRO officers.
When the SSLV comes absolutely on-line, India can have three rockets in its present fleet. The 2 others are the 144-foot-tall (44 m) Polar Satellite tv for pc Launch Automobile (PSLV), which may haul as much as 3,860 kilos (1,750 kg) to a sun-synchronous polar orbit, and the Geosynchronous Satellite tv for pc Launch Automobile (GSLV), which may take 11,000 kilos (5,000 kg) to LEO or 5,500 kilos (2,500 kg) to the a lot greater geostationary switch orbit.
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