The Indian space agency is working towards launching its new rocket 'Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)' before December 2020, said a senior official. He also said necessary tests to check its biggest motor -- booster motor fired by solid fuel -- will be done in November.
"The SSLV launch will be from the first launch pad at Sriharikota rocket port after the flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C49 (PSLV C49). Post-PSLV C49's flight, the launchpad set up has to be reconfigured to suit SSLV," S. Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS.
Sometime next month PSLV C49 will fly with about 10 satellites. The rocket will be carrying India's RISAT-2BR2 and other commercial satellites. It will be followed by PSLV C50 with the GSAT-12R satellite in December. The rocket is being assembled at Sriharikota with various systems coming from different centres. It will fly from the second launch pad, Somanath said.
"From the drawing board to launchpad the time taken is only about two-and-half years. The SSLV is a three-stage/engine rocket all powered by solid fuel," Somanath added.
The 34-metre rocket will have a liftoff mass of 120 tons. The rocket has the capability for multiple satellite launches at different orbits. The SSLV can carry a 500 kg payload for low earth orbit (LEO) and 300 kg for sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).
According to Somanath, the development cost of the rocket is about Rs 120 crore. "The major development for SSLV is its brand new electronic systems with local components. All the qualifications of the systems have been done. The rocket also has a simple pyrotechnic system," Somanath said.
The new miniaturised telemetry system developed for SSLV has achieved 70 per cent mass reduction in the telemetry package.
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