ISRO preparing on demand SSLV rockets

With an eye on cutting costs and having on demand launch, ISRO said it was preparing Small Satellite Launch Vehicle rockets to launch payloads in three days with the help of just three to six people.

"The interesting aspect of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) is that it can be readied on demand with a minimum launch infrastructure," ISRO chairman K. Sivan said.

He said it takes about 300 to 400 people between 45 to 60 days to prepare major satellite vehicles.

But the SSLV would require only 72 hours and three to six people.

"We need to integrate the vehicle and launch it. It is innovative and provides an opportunity for commercial launches for other countries. Autonomy is more in this vehicle.

Already the vehicle is in the design phase... there is an opportunity for commercial launch," he said.

(Agencies)