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ISRO successfully tests solid booster stage for new SSLV

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday, March 14, informed that it successfully carried out the ground testing of the newly developed solid booster stage (SS1) for its new launch vehicle Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

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Today’s successful testing has given sufficient confidence to proceed with the first developmental flight of SSLV (SSLV-D1). The remaining stages of SSLV (SS2 and SS3) have successfully undergone necessary ground tests and are ready for integration, the space agency said.

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The SSLV will provide a payload capability of 500 kilograms to a 500-kilometer planar orbit. By comparison, the PSLV — the workhorse of Isro — can take up to a 1,750-kilogram payload into SSO of 600 km altitude. It is to be noted that the government has sanctioned Rs 169 crores for the development of the project. This will cover the development & qualification of the vehicle systems and the flight demonstration through three development flights (SSLV-D1, SSLV-D2 & SSLV-D3).

“The development of SSLV has been primarily envisaged to build a cost-effective launch vehicle with high launch frequency and quick turnaround capability in order to cater to the growing opportunity in the global launch services market for small satellites,” the Ministry of Science & Technology had said in a statement earlier.

Several sources in Isro have said that SSLV-D1 is targeted to be launched towards the end of March or early April. However, there is no official confirmation on the date so far.

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