To mark the 75th year of Indian Independence, the Indian Space Research Organization launched its smallest rocket carrying an earth observation satellite as well as a satellite built by 750 school girls from the spaceport at Sriharikota yesterday.
The Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will be used to deploy satellites in low earth orbit. It is 34 m tall and about 10 m less than the PSLV. Its diameter is 2 metres compared to the 2.8 metres diameter of the PSLV.
.The SSLV has a lift-off mass of 120 tonne while the PSLV has 320 tonnes that can carry payloads upto 1,800 kgs.
It may be noted that the country’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle-3 launched in 1980 carried payloads of upto 40 kgs.