Recently, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that its Small Satellite Launch Vehicle, SSLV-DI, had taken off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. However, after doing everything right on its maiden flight, the launcher faltered at the last step by placing the satellites it was carrying in the wrong orbit.
What is the problem?
Need and significance of SSLV –
Learning from the past –
Way forward –
This ability to correct mistakes offers hope after the recent disappointment. But given the competition from commercial players and the dynamic nature of the market, research on SSLVs will have to be conducted on far shorter timelines compared to ISRO’s earlier endeavours. The space agency’s work will be keenly watched.
Source – The Indian Express
QUESTION – The technical glitch that led to the failure of Small Satellite Launch Vehicle must be investigated and corrected as the market segment of small satellites is witnessing a big boom in the space industry. Discuss what is SSLV and what is its significance?