ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C55 mission

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 22nd April successfully launched its PSLV-C55/TeLEOS-2 mission, sending two Singapore-made satellites into space.

An overview of the news

  • The launch vehicle lifted off at its scheduled launch time from Isro's Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.

About Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C55 (PSLV-C55) mission 

  • It is a ‘dedicated commercial’ mission undertaken by ISRO through NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the space agency's commercial arm.

  • Of the two satellites, TeLEOS-2 is the primary one, and Lumelite-4, the ‘co-passenger.' These weight about 741 kg and 16 kg respectively.

  • TeLEOS-2 has been developed under a partnership between the Government of Singapore and Singapore Technologies Engineering Limited.

  • Once deployed and operational, it will meet the satellite imagery requirements of various agencies under the Government of Singapore.

  • On the other hand, LumiLite-4 has been jointly developed by the Institute for Infocomm Research and the National University of Singapore. It aims to enhance the maritime security of the state.

  • The mission also marks the 57th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

  • The rocket will place the two satellites into an eastward inclincation orbit.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

  • It was established on 15 August 1969.

  • It is the national space agency of India. It launches its space rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

  • Chairman: S Somnath

  • Founder - Vikram Sarabhai

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