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Things to know about ISRO’s PSLV C56 Mission

Things to know about ISRO’s PSLV C56 Mission

On Sunday, ISRO successfully launched its reliable PSLV rocket carrying seven satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

This commercial mission, led by ISRO’s arm NewSpace India Limited, follows the Chandrayaan-3 launch earlier this month.

The primary payload on this mission is the DS-SAR Radar Imaging Earth Observation satellite, developed through collaboration between DSTA (representing the Government of Singapore) and ST Engineering.

The DS-SAR satellite, weighing 360 kg, will be deployed into a Near-equatorial Orbit (NEO) at an altitude of 535 km.

Its main purpose is to fulfil Singapore’s satellite imagery requirements for various government agencies.

ST Engineering plans to utilize the satellite for multi-modal and higher responsiveness imagery and geospatial services, for commercial customers.

The satellite is equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, enabling all-weather day-and-night coverage with 1-meter resolution imaging capability.

The launch took place from the first launch pad at Sriharikota. Following a 25-hour countdown that commenced on Saturday, the 44.4-meter tall rocket lifted off in the morning yesterday.

Approximately 21 minutes after lift-off, the primary satellite will separate from the launch vehicle, followed by the deployment of the six co-passenger satellites into a Low Earth Orbit sequentially.

ISRO expects the entire satellite separation process to be completed approximately 25 minutes after lift-off.

This mission marks the 58th flight of PSLV and uses the 17th vehicle with Core Alone Configuration.

ISRO’s PSLV is well-known for its consistent track record of delivering various satellites into low earth orbits.

ISRO’s successful launch of the PSLV rocket carrying multiple satellites, including the DS-SAR Earth Observation satellite, is a testament to India’s growing capabilities in space exploration.

The collaboration with Singapore and other international partners further enhances ISRO’s reputation as a reliable and efficient space agency.

The mission’s success opens up new opportunities for satellite imagery and geospatial services, benefiting both governments and commercial customers.

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