ISRO’s launched PSLV-C53 for their first mission of 2022: Check out the latest updates!
On Thursday night, three satellites were launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The PSLV-C53, or Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, propelled the satellites, all of which are from Singapore.
It was previously announced by ISRO that this would be the PSLV’s 55th flight and the second specifically devoted commercial mission for its commercial arm, NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
The 3 satellites are the 2.8 kg Scoob-1 of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), DS-EO and NeuSAR (both developed for Singapore by the Republic of Korea’s Starec Initiative), and NeuSAR.
The NeuSAR is Singapore’s first tiny commercial satellite carrying a SAR payload that can provide images around-the-clock and in all kinds of weather, whilst the DS-EO contains an electro-optic, multi-spectral payload with 0.5 m resolution imaging capabilities.
The NTU Satellite Research Center’s Student Satellite Series (S3-I), which includes the SCOOB-I satellite, is a practical student training course (SaRC).
According to a tweet from ISRO, it serves as a stable platform for the PSLV Orbital Experimental Module (POEM) as it orbits the earth. The expended PS4 stage is used by the POEM as an orbital platform, according to ISRO, who also noted that this is the first time it would orbit the planet as a stabilized platform.