India's new rocket launch for the 1st time Saturday night

A new Indian rocket is scheduled to launch for the first time on Saturday night (Aug. 6),

The country's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) is scheduled to lift off Saturday

at 11:48 p.m. EDT (0348 GMT and 9:18 a.m. India Standard Time on Sunday, Aug. 7)

from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on India's southeastern coast.

The SSLV is a four-stage rocket that stands 112 feet (34 meters) tall.

It's capable of delivering up to 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms) to low Earth orbit, according to an ISRO description.

On this first flight, a test launch called SSLV-D1/EOS-02,

the rocket will be carrying two satellites: the 300-pound (135 kg) EOS-02 Earth-observation satellite

and an 18-pound (8 kg) cubesat called AzaadiSAT.

Cubesats are miniature satellites that have been used exclusively in low Earth

orbit for 15 years, and are now being used for interplanetary missions as well.

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