ISRO to start on-demand satellite launch service
- The Indian Space Research Organisation on Friday announced its plan to introduce a new launch vehicle that can be readied for a flight within 72 hours for carrying a payload of 300-500 kg to a low earth orbit.
- While space agency officials maintained that the small satellite launch vehicle (SSLV) would be used to ferry satellites for scientific experiments, strategic analysts told DH that such capabilities could also be utilised to launch surveillance satellites at short notice too.
- “First flight of the SSLV is expected in July 2019. It can carry payloads up to 500 kg and can be integrated by 6 persons in 72 hours. Its an innovative vehicle,” ISRO Chairman K Sivan said here at a media interaction.
- To be powered by solid fuel, the SSLV would be the smallest and most economical launch vehicle as the launch cost would be one-tenth of a PSLV mission.