ISRO to launch PSLV-C56 with Six Co-passenger Satellites

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On July 30, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to launch the PSLV-C56 rocket from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.

An Overview of the News

  • The PSLV-C56 mission will also carry six co-passenger satellites along with a DS-SAR satellite from Singapore.

  • The DS-SAR satellite, weighing 3600 kg, has been developed by DSTA and ST Engineering, representing the Government of Singapore.

  • It will be launched into a Near Equatorial Orbit (NEO) at an inclination of 5 degrees and an altitude of 535 km.

  • The DS-SAR satellite is equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which allows it to provide day and night coverage in all weather with 1-metre resolution at full polarimetry.

  • Once operational, the DS-SAR satellite will meet the satellite imagery requirements of various government agencies within Singapore.

  • ST Engineering will use the satellite to provide multi-responsive imagery and geospatial services for its commercial customers.

About the six co-passenger satellites

  • VELOX-AM: It is a technology demonstration microsatellite.

  • Atmospheric Coupling and Dynamics Explorer (ARCADE):This satellite is designed for experimental purposes.

  • Scoob-II: A 3U nanosatellite carrying a technology demonstrator payload.

  • NuLIoN by NuSpace: An advanced 3U nanosatellite that aims to provide seamless IoT connectivity in urban and remote locations.

  • Galasia-2: A 3U nanosatellite intended for low Earth orbit.

  • ORB-12 STRIDER: This satellite is the product of an international collaboration effort.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO):

  • It is the national space agency of India, established in 1969.

  • It is headquartered in Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka.

  • It launches its space rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

  • ISRO's objectives include space exploration, earth observation, communications, navigation and scientific research.

  • Notable achievements include the Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon, the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), the Astrosat space observatory and the NavIC navigation satellite system.

  • ISRO is known for cost effective space missions and technology development.

  • Chairman: S Somnath

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