Thursday, December 04, 2008

Smaller launchers for low earth orbits satellites

Smaller launchers for LEO satellites. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is building a smaller launcher designed to put remote-sensing satellites, weighing less than 500kg, into low earth orbits (LEO). Such launchers will cost 40 per cent less than existing rockets.

An orbit 400-500km above the earth is designated as a low-earth orbit. Satellites launched into LEOs circle the earth at shorter intervals than their heavier geo-synchronous cousins and so can return to cover a specific point on the planet at shorter intervals.

The newly designed three stage launcher will cater to the country's military as well as international customers.


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