ISRO launched AzadiSat small satellite launch vehicle, SSLV-D1 successfully

ISRO, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) today launched its Small Satellite Launch Vehicle SSLV-D1. It was launched at 9:18 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The SSLV-D1 rocket carried Earth Observation Satellite EOS-02 and Azadisat, another small satellite developed by the student team of Space Kids India.

‘AzadiSat’ consisting of 75 payloads has been built by 750 young girl students from 75 rural government schools across India. The project was specially conceptualized for the 75th Independence Day celebrations to encourage scientific thinking and to create opportunities for young girls to choose space research as their career.

Mission suffers data loss in terminal phase; status to be declared soon

All stages of SSLV performed as expected, but suffered data loss at terminal phase of the mission, says ISRO Chief Somanath. “We are analysing the data and will come back on the the status of the satellites as well as the vehicle performance soon”, he said.