Geo-imaging satellite EOS-03 is scheduled for launch in Q3 2021 says Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Minister of State – PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space.
Geo-imaging satellite EOS-03 would enable near-real time monitoring of natural disasters like floods & cyclones. EOS-03 is capable of imaging the whole country 4-5 times daily and in addition to natural disasters, EOS-03 would also enable monitoring of water bodies, crops, vegetation conditions, forest cover changes etc.
The first developmental flight of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle or SSLV is scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2021 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. ISRO’s vast experience in Solid propulsion and heritage of proven design practices has enabled SSLV to be developed as a cost-effective, three stage, all-solid launch vehicle with a payload capability of 500 kg to 500 km planar orbit or 300 kg to Sun Synchronous Polar Orbit. SSLV is ideal for on-demand, quick turn-around launch of small satellites.
The major technologies developed as part of realization of SSLV are flexible nozzle control with electro-mechanical actuators for all stages, miniaturized avionics and a velocity trimming module in the upper stage for precise satellite injection.