ISRO chairman S Somanath on Sunday reported “data loss” to the space agency’s first small satellite launch vehicle (SSLV) in the terminal stage, though the three stages “performed and separated”, and said the space agency was aware of the situation. was analyzing the data to find out. vehicles and satellites.
SSLV-D1/EOS 02 was carrying an Earth observation satellite and a student satellite.
“All the phases performed as expected. Phase I was demolished and separated, Phase II performed and separated, Phase III also performed and separated, and in the terminal phase of the mission, there is some data loss happening and we We are analyzing the data and we will be back soon on the position of the satellites as well as the performance of the vehicle,” Somnath said from the Mission Control Center here, minutes after the launch vehicle lifted off from the spaceport.
Before Somnath updated about the status of the mission, the happy atmosphere at the Mission Control Center soon became a matter of concern.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Sunday launched its first Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) mission carrying Earth observation satellite EOS-02 and co-passenger student satellite AzadiSat. The SSLV-D1/EOS-02 mission by the Indian space agency aims to gain a bigger pie in the market of small launch vehicles, as it can place satellites in low Earth orbit.
At the end of the seven-and-a-half hour countdown, the 34-metre long SSLV took off gracefully at 9.18 a.m. amid the clouds to place the satellites in the desired orbit.
EOS-02 is an experimental optical remote sensing satellite with high spatial resolution. It aims to realize and fly an experimental imaging satellite with a short turn-on time and demonstrate launch-on-demand capability. EOS-02 belongs to the micro satellite series of space craft.
AzadiSat is an 8U CubeSat weighing about 8 kg. It carries 75 different payloads, each weighing about 50 grams. Guidance for manufacturing these payloads was provided to girl students from rural areas across the country.
The payload has been integrated by the student team of ‘Space Kidz India’. ISRO said that the ground system developed by ‘Space Kids India’ will be used to receive data from this satellite.
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