Chennai: 3 Earth observation satellites including ‘EOS-07’ will be launched tomorrow (Feb 10) by a small SSLV rocket.
Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) PSLV rocket can launch satellites weighing up to 1,750 kg and GSLV rocket up to 4,000 kg.
Similarly, ISRO is also developing small SSLV rockets to carry light weight satellites (up to 500 kg) into low Earth orbit. Their weight is 120 tons. The cost for this will also be within Rs.30 crores.
Accordingly, the SSLV T-1 rocket with 2 small satellites was launched on August 7. But the plan ended in failure as the rocket’s sensor malfunctioned and the satellites were placed in the wrong orbit.
Subsequently, ISRO had announced that a new rocket would be manufactured and launched in SSLV type. Accordingly, the SSLV T-2 rocket is currently being designed.
The rocket will be launched tomorrow (Feb 10) at 9.18 am from the first launch pad at Sriharikota along with 3 satellites including EOS-07. The primary satellite, EOS-7, weighs 156 kg. It will be used for earth observation and research work for future needs.
Also, 2 small satellites, “Azadisat-2” designed by 750 schoolgirls by India’s “Janus” and India’s “Space Kids”, will be launched. ISRO said that the final stages of the rocket launch are currently underway.
The 156 kg EOS7 satellite will be used for Earth observation and future research missions.