Small Reusable Launch Vehicles
Why Reusable Launch Vehicles required more?
We can see from the side image that the space objects which are included with satellites and debris objects are orbiting around the earth. Every satellite is lifted and placed in orbit by a space launch vehicle. The information and monitoring of any object / satellite launched in to space is governed by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space, and in the utilization of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. As per the UNOOSA index of Objects Launched into Outer Space, there are 8,261 satellites orbiting the Earth, out of which only 4,852 satellites are active as at the end of December 2021.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has been listing the database of all active satellites currently orbiting Earth since 2005 to till date. This Organization was founded in 1969 by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a intent in producing the database is to create a research tool for specialists and non-specialists alike by collecting open-source information on operational satellites and presenting it in a format that can be easily manipulated for research and analysis. As per the last and latest corrections made on May 1st, 2022, there are 5465 active satellites orbiting Earth. The data has been tabulated below for abstract and to understand why reusable launch vehicles needed more.
On filtering each record by launch vehicle and year of launch, we can see that (162) launch vehicles launched during the period from 1974 to 2022, which are transport vehicles of these active satellites. Out of total vehicles top 5 vehicles, placed highest satellites above 100 are tabulated in above table. Though there are huge number of satellites launched prior to 2015, only 1000 are active presently, and we can see a drastic growth numbers in satellite launched during 2016 to 2022 year on year. Main reason is the innovative and revolutionary launch vehicle i.e., Falcon-9, a Resulable Launch Vehicle (RLV) owned and operated by SpaceX. This has launched 2738 satellites in a short period of time (8 years). Falcon-9, during the year 2022 was launched 16 times and where in the year 2021, it was 25 times. As such the launch intervals and cost is the main factors for inclining satellite launches.
Future Satellites for next 10 years
The University of Nottingham provided an overview of the evolution of the small satellite market and related applications, focusing on the advantages of small satellites and how they could be utilized to innovate at reduced cost and within shorter development times. Examples of small satellite applications included biomedical research aimed at developing new drugs and increasing knowledge in order to prevent diseases; data collection for disaster monitoring; livestock monitoring; and the provision of communication services to remote regions. Small satellites could be used as inexpensive test beds for technologies such as artificial intelligence for autonomous operations or failure detection. They were also beginning to be used in Moon and Mars exploration missions, an area of application that was becoming a point of entry into the space sector for emerging space nations and academia.
The University Space Engineering Consortium-Global introduced academic programs relating to satellites and aerospace engineering, noting that only 20 years ago such activities and technologies had either not existed or had not been widely available. The Consortium’s goal was to ease and promote hands-on space activities for university-level students. In Japan, more than 60 picosatellites, nanosatellites and microsatellites had been built by universities and 11 practical training sessions had been held for students as part of the CanSat Leader Training Programme, which is aimed at training teachers and trainers in order to increase knowledge and experience.
The Kyushu Institute of Technology is working on its various small satellite programs, such as the Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite project, which by 2021 had deployed 19 small satellites. The speaker highlighted the importance of open-source solutions in promoting collaboration and benefiting from heritage and experience. In that spirit, the Institute had released the specifications of a satellite bus incorporating Birds satellite heritage.
Northern Sky Research (NSR), a leading international market research and consulting firm, in a report has said that, post-pandemic rebound driven by constellations, innovative technologies, and new services offerings. Over the next 10 years, satellite manufacturing and launch order volumes reach nearly 24,700. Upcoming deadlines for international regulatory filings, strong investments from public and private investors, and the associated capacity influx by non-GEO HTS will drive significant orders and launches through 2030.
Small Reusable Launch Vehicle
To reach the demand of estimated future satellite development and launch, we are developing a Small Reusable Launch Vehicle with two-stage-to-orbit, which is India’s First commercialized Reusable Launch Vehicle, being expected to launch in November 2026.
single Use Capacity
Payload Capacity (LEO)
Payload Capacity (SSO)
Our unique selling point (USP)
One in Asia Pecific
We are the first private space tech company to launch reusable rockets in Asia Pacific.
Drastically low cost of launch with minimum maintenance & Quicker Launches.
Our propellant is reliable in respect of storability and low stratospheric warming and ozone depletion.
Data Collection from the reusable payload helps to analyze the Microgravity Researches.