New Delhi: Space Commission member AS Kiran Kumar has said that India’s failure to put smaller satellites into Earth’s orbit than the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) is not a shock and the space agency will soon send another rocket. Kumar was reacting to an Earth Observation Satellite (EOS 2) and AzadiSat not being placed in the target orbit on Sunday in the first demonstration flight of the SSLV.
These satellites were built by girl students from different places across the country. Kumar, a former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), told PTI on the sidelines of a Kalari-Indian Space Association meeting here, “No, no, no. It’s not a shock. We only missed a little at the end.”
Kumar, who was present at the Sriharikota Space Center during the launch on Sunday, said the three stages of ISRO’s newest rocket were very good and the primary objectives of the launch vehicle were well demonstrated. “It is a question of reshuffling of some parts, its mode of operation and the way decisions were taken. Very soon we will try the next flight.” Kumar said that the SSLV is important as satellites are getting smaller now and the new rocket can help India share the market for launching small satellites.
“All the phases went well. We only missed a bit in the end. The satellites were placed in an orbit of 350 km long and 70 km wide instead of a circular orbit of 350 km. It’s a minor lapse and ultimately a lesson.” ISRO chief S Somnath had said on Sunday that an expert committee has been formed to find out the problem and a detailed assessment would be done in the coming days. (agency)