(Friday 21 April, 2023) [HYDERABAD, TS, INDIA] Hyderabad-based full-stack Space-Engineering solutions provider Dhruva Space is excited to announce its upcoming Missions onboard Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C55 launch. The mission is scheduled for 02:19 pm IST on 22 April 2023 and will take off from First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
Dhruva Space’s third mission to Space in less than a year marks the company’s intention to fly their own or their customer payloads on every PSLV mission of ISRO. The C55 mission of PSLV will be flying two variants of Dhruva Space’s Satellite Orbital Deployers, and one variant of their upcoming Radio Frequency modules.
Interfacing of the Spacecraft with the launch vehicle is a critical component to the deployment of satellites. Dhruva Space has indigenously-developed satellite deployment systems that are compatible with Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV); these are in form factors 1U, 3U, 6U, 12U and 16U, which refers to the unit sizes of CubeSats.
On 30 June 2022 in their DSOD-1U Mission, Dhruva Space successfully space-qualified its 1U Satellite Orbital Deployer onboard ISRO’s PSLV-C53 mission. Following this, onboard ISRO’s PSLV-C54 on 26 November 2022, Dhruva Space designed and successfully deployed into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) two amateur communication satellites, Thybolt-1 and Thybolt-2.
Now onboard ISRO’s PSLV-C55, Dhruva Space will be Space-qualifying their 3U and 6U Satellite Orbital Deployers; these deployers are able to accommodate more or larger CubeSats.
While the DSOD-3U is an extension of the DSOD-1U, the DSOD-6U will be tested for delayed deployment of satellites in LEO or higher orbits. This will essentially let customers leverage the Dhruva Space deployers for storing satellites in orbit or utilisation of the same for Lunar missions.
The company will also be testing its Dhruva Space Orbital Link (DSOL). The Orbital Link is designed and being tested to support satellite-based data relay applications.
DSOL Mission’s in-Space experiments by Dhruva Space will utilise the PSLV Orbital Experimental Module (POEM) which allows in-orbit scientific experiments using the spent PS4 stage as an orbital platform.
Ahead of the launch, Sanjay Nekkanti, CEO, Dhruva Space, comments, “Dhruva Space’s mission is to make building, launching and operations of satellites and satellite constellation mission as seamless as possible while not compromising on cost, reliability and turnaround times. We look forward to testing our larger classes of separation systems so that customers can leverage these deployers to launch their own payloads beyond Earth’s Orbit. Our Dhruva Space Orbital Link will also be integral in the larger nano (P-30) and micro (P-90) satellite platforms of Dhruva Space.”
Nekkanti continues, “The developing coordination between private and Government Space industries is flourishing. We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude towards the Department of Space, Government of India; the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); NewSpace India Limited (NSIL); Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe); Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC); and Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) for the guidance and encouragement to our team members. We would also like to thank our vendors, partners and peers who have all contributed to the upcoming missions in very important ways. We are also very excited about the announcement of the Indian Space Policy this week, and are eagerly looking forward to the FDI Policy and Space Act to come into effect in the near future.”
Dhruva Space, founded in 2012, is a National Award-winning, full-stack space engineering solutions provider based in Hyderabad, India. The company is active across Space, Launch, and Ground segments, and supports civilian and defence clients worldwide.
Dhruva Space offers satellite/s coupled with Earth station/s and launch services as an integrated solution or individually as technology solutions to power space-based applications on Earth and beyond.
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Divya Kala Bhavani