ISRO Launch: PSLV C53 Injects 3 Singapore Satellites in Precise Orbit

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Sriharikota: ISRO launched three foreign satellites in precise orbit from the spaceport here on Thursday. This is the space agency’s second successful mission within a week. -C53 is the second dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of ISRO. 

The four-stage 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C53 blasted off from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre and placed the three Singapore satellites--DS-EO, NeuSAR and SCOOB-1 in intended orbit.

The Indian rocket injected three satellites, the 365 kg DS-EO and the 155 kg NeuSAR, both belonging to Singapore and built by the South Korean Starec Initiative in space. The third satellite is a 2.8 kg Scoob-1 from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU). 

Confirming that the workhorse PSLV achieved its intended objective, the ISRO Chairman S Somanath said, the rocket placed the three customer satellites, “'in the precise orbit of 570 km with a 10 degree inclination.”

The mission, which is designed to orbit DS-EO satellite along with two other co-passenger satellites from ST Electronics, Singapore, proposes to demonstrate the utilisation of the spent upper stage of the launch vehicle as a stabilised platform for scientific payloads subsequent to the separation of the satellites, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

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It may be recalled that NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) had on June 23 launched GSAT-24 in its first “demand-driven” communication satellite mission post space sector reforms, leasing the entire capacity on board to Direct-to-Home (DTH) service provider Tata Play.


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