Indian Space Research Center (ISRO) President S. Somnath said.
What caused the failure of the SSLV Rocket? *Science
SSLV is a small rocket designed by ISRO to launch light weight satellites. ISRO, which planned to launch the SSLV rocket for the first time, carried two lightweight satellites on it. The EOS satellite and the Azadirat satellite made by government school students were mounted on an SSLV rocket and launched from the Satish Dhawan launch pad in Sriharikota on the 7th.
India was looking forward to the success of SSLV as it was not only a very light weight rocket but could be designed by 5 scientists within 72 hours. However, the project failed as the SSLV rocket failed to place the satellites in the correct geo-orbital orbit.
ISRO immediately announced that the SSLV rocket had failed due to a sensor malfunction.
In this case, the reason for the failure of the SSLV rocket, ISRO chief S. Somnath has explained in detail. In this regard, he said in an interview to an English newspaper:
First of all, before talking about SSLV rocket failure, I would like to talk about the main technology of the rocket. Only by knowing this can we understand the failure of the SSLV rocket. In the event of a fundamental mechanical failure in a rocket launched into space, the computer on the rocket itself is programmed to take over the task of protecting the satellite it carries. Now let’s come to SSLV rocket.
While the SSLV rocket was orbiting the Earth, there was a slight malfunction in one of the accelerometers. The problem arose during the second stage of releasing the satellites from the rocket. This problem only lasted for two seconds. However, the computer in the rocket understood this minor glitch as a major problem and came to the conclusion that we could no longer operate. Thus, the system released the satellites that were supposed to be released in the third stage at the end of the second stage. This is why satellites are positioned in elliptical orbits instead of Earth orbits. This is the reason why the SSLV rocket failed. Thus said Somnath.
ISRO Chief Somnath describes how two seconds anomaly led to sslv rocket mission failure.
Story first published: Friday, August 12, 2022, 14:11 [IST]
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