ISRO PSLV-C65 Mission: On Sunday, ISRO successfully sent up a PSLV rocket carrying seven satellites.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launches seven Singaporean satellites on Sunday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota using its well-proven PSLV rocket. S Somanath, The director-general of ISRO congratulated the populace and let them know that all seven satellites had been properly positioned in the proper orbit.
Around 23 minutes after lift-off, the primary satellite got separated and it was followed by six other co-passenger satellites, which were deployed into the intended orbits sequentially, ISRO said. The co-passenger satellites are 1. VELOX-AM, a 23 kg technology demonstration microsatellite, 2. ARCADE Atmospheric Coupling and Dynamics Explorer (ARCADE), an experimental satellite, 3. SCOOB-II, a 3U nanosatellite flying a technology demonstrator payload, 4. NULloN by NuSpace, an advanced 3U nanosatellite enabling seamless Internet of Things connectivity in both urban and remote locations, 5. Galassia-2, a 3U nanosatellite that would be orbiting at low earth orbit, and 6. ORB-12 STRIDER, a satellite developed under an international collaboration, the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency said.
#WATCH | Andhra Pradesh: "Congratulations, PSLV-C56 carrying seven satellites including the primary satellite DS-SAR and 6 co-passenger satellites have been successfully placed in the right orbit," says ISRO chief S Somanath
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— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2023
After successful launch and separation of the satellites, ISRO posted on Twitter, “PSLV-C56/DS-SAR Mission: The mission is accomplished. PSLV-C56 vehicle launched all seven satellites precisely into their intended orbits. Thanks to @NSIL_India and Singapore, for the contract.”
The mission is successfully accomplished.
PSLV-C56 vehicle launched all seven satellites precisely into their intended orbits. 🎯
Thanks to @NSIL_India and Singapore, for the contract.
— ISRO (@isro) July 30, 2023
The mission today was carried out by ISRO’s commercial subsidiary, NewSpace India Limited.
The primary payload carried by ISRO’s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in today’s dedicated commercial mission is the DS-SAR Radar Imaging Earth Observation satellite, which was developed through a collaboration between DSTA (representing the Government of Singapore) and ST Engineering, Singapore. The principal satellite for the mission is the DS-SAR, a Radar Imaging Earth Observation satellite. Once installed and operational, it will be utilised to support the satellite imagery requirements of various agencies within the Singapore government.
The DS-SAR satellite is equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
This enables the DS-SAR to provide all-weather day and night coverage while imaging at 1m resolution using complete polarimetry.
Today’s mission is ISRO PSLV’s 58th flight, and it uses the 17th vehicle with Core Alone Configuration. According to the space agency, a Core Alone version of the rocket would not use solid strap-on motors on its sides in the first stage, compared to other types such as PSLV-XL, QL, and DL, which use six, four, or two boosters, respectively. ISRO PSLV has acquired the nickname “Workhorse of ISRO” for routinely delivering multiple satellites into low-Earth orbit, according to ISRO.
This is ISRO’s second campaign, following the much-anticipated Chandrayaan-3 mission, which launched on July 14 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre’s second launch pad.