ISRO to launch its smallest rocket today carrying AzaadiSAT, 8-kg satellite designed by girl students across India

Small Satellite Launch Vehicle

Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (Photo: Twitter/@ians_india)

Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is on the verge of creating history on Sunday. The ISRO is scheduled to launch the country’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) weighing 110 tonnes from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, about 135 km from Chennai at 9:18 am.
SSLV would carry Earth Observation Satellite -02 and a co-passenger satellite AzaadiSAT. Notably, AzaadiSAT is a Cubesat weighing around 8 kg. It is developed by the student team, ‘Space Kidz India’, Around 750 girl students from government schools across the country designed the satellite to mark the 75th Anniversary of Independence.

The AzaadiSAT will carry 75 different payloads each weighing 50 grams to conduct femto experiments. According to reports, the Azaadisat payload will play Janagana mana for 1 and half minutes in space in Rabindranath Tagore’s original voice.

Spacekidz’s song on space awareness will also be played in Space. A selfie camera with new solar cells will be tested and monitored in space. Meanwhile, 109 drawings with the names of 35,000 children will also be sent to space.

One of the payloads was coded by students. It will detect radiation and temperature. The ground system developed by ‘Space Kidz India’ will be used for receiving the data from the AzaadiSAT.

The countdown compared to other missions which would be 25 hours has been reduced to five hours, reported PTI citing ISRO sources. The significance of SSLV is that it has the fourth stage which carries a liquid propulsion-based Velocity Trimming Module for placing the satellites into the intended orbit. To fire the first three stages, the rocket comprises solid fuel.

After traveling for about 13 minutes, the launch vehicle is expected to first place the EOS-02 into the intended orbit followed by AzaadiSAT. which is an eight kg Cubesat.

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