He also said that in November, tests would be carried out to test its largest motor booster motor to run on solid fuel.
The SSLV launch will be from the first launch pad at Sriharikota Rocket Port after the flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C49 (PSLVC49). Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) director Somanath told IANS.
Next month, the PSLV C49 will fly with about 10 satellites. The rocket will carry India’s RISAT-2 BR2 and other commercial satellites. The PSLVC will then come with the GSAT-12R satellite on December 50. The rocket is being assembled at Sriharikota which has different systems coming from different centers. Somnath said it would fly from another launch pad.
Somnath added, “It only takes two and a half years to launch the pad from the drawing board. The SSLV is a three-stage / engine rocket that runs on all solid fuels.”
The 34-meter rocket will have a lift of mass of 120 tons. The rocket has the ability to launch more than one satellite into different orbits. The SSLV can carry a payload of 500 kg for low ground orbit (LEO) and 300 kg for solar coordinate orbit (SSO).
According to Somanath, the development cost of the rocket is about Rs 120 crore.
“The major development of the SSLV is its brand new electronic systems, which include local components. The system has all the capabilities. The rocket also has a simple pyrotechnic system,” Somnath said.
The new mini-trimmed telemetry system developed for SSLV has resulted in a massive 70% reduction in telemetry packages.
According to Somanath, to build a rocket at a lower cost, ISRO went to the next level of vendors with the necessary capabilities – with simple manufacturing methods – for example, cutting machine time wherever possible.
Somanath said the development cost of the SSLV is low and only the third phase of the PSLV rocket has been adopted for the new rocket.
The cost per kilogram to launch the satellite will be similar to ISRO’s other rocket PSLV.
He said that the first payload for SSLV has already been booked and some other payloads are also being looked into as the rocket has a capacity of up to 500 kg.
According to ISRO, the first satellite to be carried by the SSLV will be the 142kg Microstate 2A, which will launch on demand. Satellite is expected to meet the growing demands of cartographic applications of cadastral level, urban and rural management, coastal land use and regulation, utility mapping, development and other Geographic Information System (GIS) applications. Is going
Asked about the different names of the rockets, when new private players have named their rockets ‘Vikram’ and ‘Agniban’, Somnath said the government has to decide.
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