Today, ISRO is all set to launch Singapore’s earth observation satellite, so stay tuned for the exciting details!

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up for an exciting mission today, where they will be launching the PSLV-C56 rocket to place Singapore’s DS-SAR (Radar Imaging Earth Observation Satellite) into space. This mission is scheduled to take place at 6:30 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), situated in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

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The DS-SAR satellite, weighing 360kg, is a result of a partnership between DSTA (representing the Government of Singapore) and ST Engineering. Once launched, the satellite will be positioned into a Near-equatorial Orbit (NEO) at an inclination of 5 degrees and an altitude of 535 km.

To carry out this crucial mission, the New Space India Limited (NSIL) has acquired the PSLV-C56 rocket, standing tall at 44.4 meters. The PSLV has earned the nickname ‘the workhorse of ISRO’ due to its remarkable track record of successfully deploying various satellites into low earth orbits.

The primary purpose of the DS-SAR satellite is to support the satellite imagery requirements of different government agencies in Singapore, as stated by ISRO. With its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, the DS-SAR can provide comprehensive day and night coverage, regardless of weather conditions. This advanced radar capability allows for imaging with impressive 1-meter resolution, aiding in a wide range of applications.

Accompanying the DS-SAR on this mission, the PSLV-C56 will also carry six co-passenger satellites with diverse objectives. These satellites include VELOX-AM, a 23 kg technology demonstration microsatellite; ARCADE, an experimental satellite focusing on atmospheric coupling and dynamics exploration; SCOOB-II, a 3U nanosatellite carrying a technology demonstrator payload; NuLIoN by NuSpace, an advanced 3U nanosatellite enabling seamless IoT connectivity in both urban and remote locations; Galassia-2, a 3U nanosatellite operating in low earth orbit; and ORB-12 STRIDER, developed through international collaboration.

The upcoming launch promises to be a significant step in expanding Earth observation capabilities and strengthening India-Singapore space cooperation.

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