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The Indian Space Research Organisation on 29 July said the countdown for the launch of seven Singaporean satellites, onboard a PSLV rocket in a commercial mission, commenced in Sriharikota, reported news agency PTI.

On 30 July, the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency is all set for the launch of PSLV-C56 to place Singapore’s DS-SAR along with six co-passenger satellites. The DS-SAR is a Radar Imaging Earth Observation Satellite.

As per details, the 44.4 metres tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is scheduled for a lift off at 6.30 am from the first launch pad at this spaceport situated about 135 km from Chennai. The PSLV-C56 is a dedicated mission of NewSpace India Ltd and it is the commercial arm of ISRO.

The new launch follows the PSLV-C55/TeLEOS-2 mission, which was successfully launched in April to cater to customers in Singapore by the Indian space agency.

“PSLV-C56/DS-SAR Mission: The countdown leading to the launch on July 30, 2023, at 06.30 hrs has commenced,” ISRO said in an update on Saturday.

Developed under a partnership between DSTA (representing the Government of Singapore) and ST Engineering, Singapore, the 360 kg DS-SAR satellite, on deployment would be used to support the satellite imagery requirements of various agencies within the Government of Singapore.

It will also carry a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, that allows the satellite to provide all-weather day and night coverage and is capable of imaging at 1 metre resolution.

PSLV will be on its 58th flight and the 17th vehicle with Core Alone Configuration, the ISRO said.

A Core Alone version of the rocket, the vehicle would not use solid strap-on motors on its sides in the first stage as compared to other variants like PSLV-XL, QL, and DL which use six, four or two boosters, respectively, according to the ISRO.

The co-passengers are VELOX-AM, a 23 kg technology demonstration microsatellite, ARCADE Atmospheric Coupling and Dynamics Explorer (ARCADE), an experimental satellite SCOOB-II, a 3U nanosatellite flying a technology demonstrator payload NuLIoN by NuSpace, an advanced 3U nanosatellite enabling seamless IoT connectivity in both urban & remote locations.

Galassia-2, a 3U nanosatellite that will be orbiting at low earth orbit. ORB-12 STRIDER, satellite is developed under an International collaboration, ISRO said.

With agency inputs.

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Updated: 29 Jul 2023, 10:10 PM IST

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