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ISRO to launch Singapore Satellites

ISRO to launch Singapore Satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had many milestones in its history. The Organization successfully launched several indigenous satellites and foreign satellites as well. As of the end of September month this year, 51 foreign satellites were launched by ISRO.

Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of ISRO had signed with several countries including the US to launch satellites. ISRO charges fee to launch these satellites.

Now, ISRO is going to launch six Singapore satellites. These satellites will be launched on December 16, 2015 at 6 pm from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota. The 59-hour count down for the launching of these satellites has started at 7 am today.

The activity was named as PSLV-C29/TeLEOS-1 Mission. PSLV- Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle will launch six Singapore satellites. These satellites will be launched into a 550-km circular orbit inclined at 15 degrees to the equator.

Among these satellites, TeLEOS-1 is the primary satellite. It weighs 400kg. The remaining satellites are micro-satellites and nano-satellites.

TeLEOS-1 is the first Singapore commercial earth observation satellite. It was designed and developed by ST Electronics. This is an electro-optical satellite. This will be launched into a low Earth orbit for “remote sensing” applications. This satellite has a mission life of five years.

Other satellites include VELOX-CI, VELOX-II, Athenoxat-1, Kent Ridge-1 and Galassia. VELOX-CI is a micro-satellite which weighs 123 kg. This will be operated from the ground station which is located in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

VELOX-II weighs 13 kg. This nano-satellite will also be operated by NTU, Singapore. Athenoxat-1 has been developed in Singapore laboratory by Microspace Rapid Pvt. Ltd. It is a nano-satellite. Kent Ridge-1 is a micro-satellite and weighs 78 kg. It has two main loads. And the last one Galassia weighs 3.4 kg. It is nano-satellite and has two pay loads.

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