Yesterday, I witnessed the setting up of India’s first hybrid rocket carrying 150 satellites built by students from across the country. The venue was the seashore off East Coast Road, near Thiruvidandai, Tamil Nadu. Proud to have witnessed today (Sunday, 19th February 2023) up close from the launch site of the Rocket carrying 150 Pico Satellites in a single hybrid rocket. The satellites were designed by students and the rocket was designed and developed by private developers headed by Anand Megalingam with advice from #ISRO.
Pico Satellites are extremely small satellites, measuring from 0.1 kg to 10 kg each. In this case, the satellites were designed to measure the weather and atmospheric parameters. The Hybrid Rocket used Nitrous Oxide as an oxidiser and Wax fuel as the propellant. Oxidiser – Liquid State, Propellant – Solid state. It combined liquid and solid for combustion and to produce the rocket thrust.