On Friday night (, the Indian Space research organization (ISRO) launched a Sounding Rocket (RH-560), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The rocket will study attitudinal variations in neutral winds and plasma dynamics.
Sounding Rockets are one or two-stage solid propellant rockets that are used to conduct research in Earth’s upper atmosphere and space. They are small and very affordable, making them ideal to test prototypes of various instruments or subsystems that may be used on other launch vehicles.
India has been using sounding rockets since 1965 and the experience and knowledge that they gained has been valuable to them in mastering solid propellant rockets.
ISRO has 3 versions of Sounding rockets. They are the RH-200, RH-300-Mk-II, and RH-560-Mk-II (the number in each sounding rocket indicates the diameter of the rocket). They are capable of 8-100 kg payload to an altitude of 80-475 km.
ISRO went on to tweet about the success of the launch- “Launch of sounding rocket (RH-560) to study attitudinal variations in the neutral winds and plasma dynamics carried out today at SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota”