(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
In its second successful mission
within a week, Indian Space Research Organisation launched three
foreign satellites in precise orbit from the spaceport Sriharikota,
Trend reports citing Rediff .
PSLV-C53 is the second dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace
India Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO. It had on June 23
launched GSAT-24 in its first 'demand-driven' communication
satellite mission post space sector reforms, leasing the entire
capacity on board to Direct-to-Home service provider Tata Play.
On Thursday, the four-stage, 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C53 that
blasted off from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space
Centre and placed the three Singapore satellites--DS-EO, NeuSAR and
SCOOB-1 in intended orbit.
ISRO Chairman S Somanath confirmed that the mission achieved its
intended objective, saying the rocket placed the three customer
satellites 'in the precise orbit of 570 km with a 10 degree
inclination' and congratulated NSIL for accomplishing 'yet another
major mission this month itself,' the earlier one being the GSAT
launch last week.
'With today's mission, all these three satellites are placed in
the right orbit,' he said.
Mission director SR Biju described the launch as
Earlier, the launch vehicle lifted off at 6.02 pm at the end of
the 25-hour countdown.
This is the 55th mission of PSLV, often described as ISRO's
trusted workhorse and the 15th one using the PSLV-Core Alone
It also marks the 16th PSLV launch from the second launch
The mission, which is designed to orbit DS-EO satellite along
with two other co-passenger satellites from ST Electronics,
Singapore, proposes to demonstrate the utilisation of the spent
upper stage of the launch vehicle as a stabilised platform for
scientific payloads subsequent to the separation of the satellites,
the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
DS-EO is a 365 kg satellite while NeuSAR weighs 155 kg. Both
belong to Singapore and are built by Starec Initiative of the
Republic of Korea, while the third satellite is a 2.8 kg SCOOB-1 of
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
PSLV Orbital Experimental Module DS-EO carries an Electro-Optic,
multi-spectral payload that will provide full colour images for
land classification, and serving Humanitarian Assistance and
Disaster Relief needs.
NeuSAR is Singapore's first small commercial satellite carrying
aR payload, which is capable of providing images in day and night
and under all weather conditions.
SCOOB-I is the first in the Student Satellite Series (S3-I), a
hands-on student training programme from the Satellite Research
Centre at Singapore's NTU School of Electrical and Electronic
The POEM activity performs in-orbit scientific experiments using
the spent PS4 stage as an orbital platform, ISRO said. It is the
first time that the PS4 stage would orbit the earth as a stabilised
Attitude stabilisation is achieved using a dedicated NGC system,
it said. POEM derives the power from the solar panels mounted
around the PS4 tank and a Li Ion battery.
POEM carries six payloads including two from Indian Space
Start-ups M/s Digantara and M/s Dhruva Space, enabled though
IN-SPACe and NSIL.
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