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ISRO launches its smallest rocket to unfurl Tricolour in Space

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    12th Aug, 2022

Context

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its smallest commercial rocket ‘Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)’ recently.

About

  • It will be launched to unfurl the Tricolour in space, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
  • ISRO chairman S Somanath has called the new satellite a “game changer” that will drive India’s dreams of breaking into the lucrative and booming small satellite launch market.
  • To mark the country’s celebrations of ‘Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the SSLV will have a co-passenger satellite called ‘AzaadiSAT’ comprising 75 payloads built by 750 young girls students from 75 rural government schools across India.
  • The mission will conduct femto-experiments.
  • AzadiSAT also comprise of a solid-state PIN diode-based radiation counter, that will measure the ionising radiation in its orbit, as well as a long-range transponder. ISRO will use ground system developed by Space Kidz India, to establish telemetry and communication with AzadiSAT in orbit.
  • This project was specially conceptualized for the 75th Independence Day year celebrations to encourage scientific temper and create opportunities for young girls to choose space research as their career.
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