The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made history this morning with the successful launch of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV-D2) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. At 9.18 AM, the 34-metre tall SSLV-D2 weighing 120 tons took off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
This three-stage rocket, powered by solid fuel and equipped with a velocity trimming module powered by liquid fuel, was able to precisely inject its payload into its intended orbit.
On board the SSLV-D2 were two satellites: the Earth Observation Satellite, Janus-1, sent by ANTARIS from the United States, and AzaadiSAT-2, developed by the Chennai-based space start-up SpaceKidz India. Scientists and guests gathered at ISRO to witness the launch were in a celebratory mood as the SSLV-D2 rose into the sunny skies. The three-stage separation of the rocket caused anxious moments, but the satellites were placed in orbit with precision at the intended time.
The Earth Observation Satellite (EOS 07) will be used for earth observation purposes, while Janus-1 will feature five different payloads running on its satellite software once it reaches orbit. AzaadiSAT-2, designed by students at SpaceKidz India, will demonstrate low-range and amateur radio communication capabilities.
Overall, the successful flight of the SSLV-D2 is a major milestone for the ISRO and highlights India’s growing capabilities in the field of space exploration and technology.