In its third mission in less than a year since their first authorisation from IN-SPACe, Dhruva Space completed three in-Space experiments onboard ISRO PSLV-C55 launch. The rocket took to the skies at 02:20 pm IST on 22 April 2023, from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
These missions of Dhruva Space utilised the PSLV Orbital Experimental Module (POEM) which allows in-orbit scientific experiments using the spent PS4 stage as an orbital platform. A stabilised orbital platform is a significant upgrade over an orbital platform, as stabilisation helps keep the payload in an optimal position, offering several scientific advantages for the payloads that are being carried.
The PSLV-C55 mission marked Dhruva Space’s intention to fly their own or their customers' payloads on every PSLV mission of ISRO.
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Dhruva Space indigenously develops satellite deployment systems called Dhruva Space Satellite Orbital Deployers known as DSOD. These separation systems are compatible with ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Interfacing of the Spacecraft with the Launch Vehicle is a critical component to deployment of satellites.
All of Dhruva Space’s satellite orbital deployers have the following:
For PSLV-C55, the company’s 3U Satellite Orbital Deployer (DSOD-3U) saw successful deployment status shortly after launch.
The 6U Satellite Orbital Deployer (DSOD-6U), designed for the storage and delayed deployment of CubeSats into Low Earth Orbit and higher orbits, rounded off a mission success with confirmation of long–duration/planned delayed deployment.