AzadiSAT: The Satellite Built By 750 Girls To Mark India’s Independence
New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 75 payloads developed and built by 750 girl students across India, marking the 75th year of Independence on August 15. Dubbed AzadiSAT, the payloads will hitch a ride on the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) set to conduct its maiden mission on August 7.
The satellites will be launched onboard the newly developed Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) that aims to become the go-to option for ISRO to launch small payloads on an on-demand basis. The SSLV has been designed to launch a payload weighing 500 kg to a 500-kilometre planar orbit. By comparison, the PSLV can take up to a 1,750-kilogram payload into the Sun Synchronous Orbit at 600 km altitude.
SSLV is a three-stage vehicle with all solid propulsion that will insert the satellites into designated orbits using a liquid propulsion-based Velocity Trimming Module. ISRO said that the features which will make SSLV attractive to customers are low-cost, faster turnaround time, flexibility in accommodating multiple satellites, launch on-demand feasibility, and minimal launch infrastructure required.
The primary payload on the maiden mission will be the Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-02), an optical remote sensing satellite that will provide information about thermal anomalies in geo-environmental studies, forestry, hydrology, agriculture, soil, and coastal studies, the report added.