ISRO’s Baby Launcher

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is developing a Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV). This baby launcher can carry satellites weighing up to 500 Kgs into a low earth orbit up to 2,000 km above the earth. Till now ISRO had been launching such small satellites as additional payload onboard its work horse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The SSLV can be assembled quickly in a few days by a small team. It also drastically reduces the cost of launch as compared to the PSLV. The main demand for launching such small satellites comes from private players like educational institutions and even private corporates like Google and Amazon who want to place their own satellites in space.

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