ISRO launched three Singaporean satellites

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 30 June successfully launched three Singaporean satellites in a commercial mission of the New Space India Limited. 

  • It was launched in precise orbit through the PSLV Orbital Experimental Module or ‘POEM’.

  • This was the second launch of the year by ISRO, which put the Indian earth observation satellite into orbit in February.

  • What are the three Singaporean satellites? 

  1. DS-EO, a Singaporean Earth Observation Satellite

  2. NeuSAR, Singapore’s first small commercial satellite carrying a SAR (Search and Rescue) payload

  3. SCOOB-I satellite from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 

  • What is POEM?

  • It is a platform that will help perform in-orbit experiments using the final or discarded, stage of ISRO’s workhorse rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

  • The PSLV is a four-stage rocket where the first three stages fall back into the ocean, and the final stage (PS4) — after launching the satellite into orbit — ends up as space junk.

  • In PSLV-C53 mission, the final stage will be utilised as a “stabilised platform” to perform experiments.

  • POEM is carrying six payloads, including two from Indian space startup Digantara and Dhruv Space.

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

  • ISRO was set up on 15 August 1969

  • Chairman of ISRO: S Somnath 

  • Headquarters of ISRO : Bengaluru, Karnataka

  • Space Station from where ISRO launches rockets 

  • Satish  Dhawan  Space  Centre  (SDSC)  SHAR,  Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh

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