AzaadiSAT: ISRO’s Smallest Rocket in Space

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its smallest commercial rocket ‘Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)’ carrying ‘AzaadiSAT’, on August 7, 2022. It will be launched  to unfurl the Tricolour in space, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

More about the launch of AzaadiSAT:

  • This spacecraft will be launched as, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on August 15, 2018, to unfurl the Tricolour in Space to celebrate India’s 75th year of Independence.
  • To mark India’s celebrations of ‘Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, SSLV will carry a co-passenger satellite called ‘AzaadiSAT’.
  • It was specifically conceptualised for celebration of 75th Independence Day.
  • It will encourage scientific temper and create opportunities for young girls to opt for ‘space research’ as their career.

About AzaadiSAT:

  • AzaadiSAT comprises of 75 payloads.
  • These payloads have been built by 750 young girl students from 75 rural government schools of India.
  • It is the result of ISRO pushing for girls to go for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)”.
  • It is an 8-kilogram CubeSat. Each of the 75 payloads are weighing about 50 grams.
  • The mission will conduct femto-experiments.

AzadiSAT also comprise of a solid-state PIN diode-based radiation counter, that will measure the ionising radiation in its orbit, as well as a long-range transponder. ISRO will use ground system developed by Space Kidz India, to establish telemetry and communication with AzadiSAT in orbit.

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