- SSLV is the new small satellite launch vehicle developed by ISRO to cater the launch of small satellites up to 500 kg to Low Earth Orbits.
- It is configured with three solid stages and a liquid propulsion-based Velocity Trimming Module (VTM) which helps achieve desired velocity for the insertion of the satellites into the intended orbit.
- SSLV is capable of launching Mini, Micro, or Nanosatellites (10 to 500 kg mass) to a 500 km orbit.
- It provides low-cost access to Space, offers low turn-around time, facilitates flexibility in accommodating multiple satellites and demands minimal launch infrastructure.
- The vehicle’s first development flight of SSLV-D1 that took place last August after repeated delays due to the pandemic, failed to place the satellites in precise orbit. SSLV-D2 implemented the recommendations made by the expert committee that analyzed the shortcomings of SSLV-D1 flight.
Why in News?
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will soon transfer its Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) to the private sector amid growing demand for small satellites.