ISRO could soon have launch-on-demand service

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22 Jan 2019

Soon, ISRO could start launch-on-demand service with new rocket

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is working on a small rocket, one that would be used for a launch-on-demand service.

Under this program, the space agency will prepare the new rocket for flight within 72 hours and launch small payloads for commercial customers as well as academic institutions.

Here's more about the ambitious project.

Rocket details

ISRO prepping SSLV for small satellite launches

ISRO prepping SSLV for small satellite launches

The launch-on-demand service will be provided with a Small Satellite Launch Vehicle or SSLV.

It will sit as India's smallest and most economical rocket and offer quick space rides for satellites and payloads weighing up to 500Kg.

Notably, the vehicle, which will join PSLV and GSLV rockets, is still in the works and is expected to go on its first mission in July 2019.

Goal

ISRO will increase launch frequency with SSLV

With an economical rocket, ISRO hopes to increase its launch frequency and serve commercial and academic customers both in India and abroad.

"Students could focus only on the payloads - their payloads would be plugged into SSLV and launched," ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan told The Telegraph India, noting that the agency is already working on an outreach program to collaborate with potential customers.

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Added benefits

Plus, increased launch frequency could improve space-based surveillance

Plus, increased launch frequency could improve space-based surveillance

Along with increased launch frequency, SSLV's short turnaround time could even upgrade India's remote sensing capabilities.

For instance, in the wake of a natural disaster or armed conflict, new tailor-made small satellites could be launched to monitor the situation or the extent of the damage.

However, capabilities like this could only come when ISRO manages to develop satellites at the same pace.

Possibilities

Either way, SSLV will open several possibilities

The launch of SSLV will open a multitude of possibilities for ISRO.

But, it is worth noting that SSLV isn't the only vehicle that the agency is developing; ISRO also plans to test a reusable vehicle called RLV this year.

It will be refined into a full-fledged reusable rocket which would launch satellites into low-Earth orbit and return to the ground like a plane.

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What would be the cost of this service?

Asked 2019-01-22 13:45:59 by Aaradhya Trivedi

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ISRO plans to launch SSLV on its first flight in July, but as of now, it is not clear what would cost of hitching a ride on this rocket.

When RLV launch for space missions?

Asked 2019-01-22 13:45:59 by Vivaan Sengupta

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As of now, RLV is still in the development and testing phase and it could be years before the reusable vehicle comes into use.

When Chandrayaan-2 mission will launch?

Asked 2019-01-22 13:45:59 by Ajay Jayaraman

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Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander and rover mission is expected to launch April 25 and March 30 this year.

Is ISRO offering space launch services at present?

Asked 2019-01-22 13:45:59 by Abhinav Bose

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Yes, ISRO offers launch services to its Indian and international customers. But, with the introduction of SSLV, the frequency of these launches could increase further.

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