ISRO, India’s premier space agency, scripted yet another stunning history on Sunday after the successful lift-off of SSLV-D1, which is carrying two satellites. Termed as the next-generation mission, the SSLV puts the Indian Space Research Organisation in new sphere. The SSLV-D1 mission is carrying a student satellite and an Earth observation satellite, latest reports say. Apart from the scientists and technical team, general public was also invited to view the spectacular sight of the blast-off at the Sriharikota spaceport. The countdown for SSLV, which stands for Small Satellite Launch Vehicle, was completed after seven and a half hours, says ISRO.
The 34-metre-long SSLV rocket lifted off the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9:18 on Sunday morning. While the initial progress was very smooth, around 12 minutes into the orbit-bound journey, the mission developed some technical snag. As of now, the ISRO has not said anything about this issue. ISRO’s SSLV-D1 is essentially a three-stage mission with solid fuel as its main power source.
Latest reports say that ISRO’s commercial arm – New Space India Ltd – is considering and may soon transfer the SSLV technology to private sector for rocket production.
Talking about the EOS-02, the ISRO says that the experimental optical imaging satellite has very high spatial resolution. Essentially the EOS-02 would determine the quick launching capabilities of ISRO to the world. On the significance of Sunday lift-off, an official said that the global space stage will be dominated by launch of small satellites and hence it is important for ISRO to remain ahead in the race. The EOS-02 is part of the microsatellite series.
The ISRO has now confirmed that the SSLV campaign has suffered ‘data loss’ at the terminal stage. ISRO boss S Somnath says that the space agency is analysing the extent and nature of the data loss. Meanwhile, SpaceKidz India has said that the fate of AzaadiSAT will be known only by night. What can be confirmed as of now is that AzaadiSAT got separated from the SSLV mission.