ISRO Successfully Launches PSLV-C56 Rocket Carrying 7 Singaporean Satellites

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ISRO Successfully Launches PSLV-C56 Rocket Carrying 7 Singaporean Satellites

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its PSLV-C56 rocket on Sunday, July 24, 2023, carrying seven Singaporean satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

The rocket lifted off at 6:30 a.m. IST and placed all seven satellites into their intended orbits. The primary satellite on board the rocket was the DS-SAR, a radar imaging satellite developed by the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) of Singapore. The other six satellites were co-passengers, including three from Singapore and three from other countries.

The DS-SAR is a high-resolution radar imaging satellite that will be used for earth observation and surveillance purposes. It is equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) that can image the Earth’s surface day or night, regardless of weather conditions. The DS-SAR will be used for a variety of applications, including disaster management, border security, and urban planning.

The other six satellites on board the PSLV-C56 rocket were:

  • VELOX-AM, a technology demonstration microsatellite from Singapore
  • ARCADE, an experimental satellite from Singapore
  • SCOOB-II, a 3U nanosatellite from the United States
  • NuLIoN, a 3U nanosatellite from India
  • Galassia-2, a 3U nanosatellite from Italy
  • ORB-12 STRIDER, a 3U nanosatellite from the United States

The successful launch of the PSLV-C56 rocket is a major milestone for ISRO and Singapore. It demonstrates the strong cooperation between the two countries in the field of space exploration. The DS-SAR satellite is a significant addition to Singapore’s space program, and it will be used to support a wide range of applications.

The PSLV-C56 rocket is the 58th flight of the PSLV and the 17th flight of the PSLV in its core alone configuration. The PSLV is a versatile launch vehicle that has been used to launch a variety of satellites, including earth observation satellites, communication satellites, and scientific satellites.

The successful launch of the PSLV-C56 rocket is a testament to the expertise of ISRO’s scientists and engineers. It is also a major boost for India’s space program, and it will help to position India as a leading player in the global space industry.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday successfully launched its PSLV-C56 rocket (Twitter/@ISRO)

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