ISRO’s PSLV-C56 to Launch Singapore’s DS-SAR Satellite Alongside Six Co-Passenger Satellites

ISRO's PSLV-C56 to Launch Singapore's DS-SAR Satellite Alongside Six Co-Passenger Satellites
ISRO's PSLV-C56 to Launch Singapore's DS-SAR Satellite Alongside Six Co-Passenger Satellites

Mark your calendars as ISRO gears up for an exciting launch on 30th July at 6:30 AM from the hallowed Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The eagerly anticipated PSLV-C56 mission will carry a significant payload for Singapore, the DS-SAR satellite, along with six co-passenger satellites, each with its unique objectives and missions.

The DS-SAR satellite, an impressive creation weighing 3600 kg, is a joint endeavor by DSTA and ST Engineering, representing the Singaporean Government. Equipped with a state-of-the-art Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the DS-SAR is designed to deliver unrivaled imaging capabilities in all weather conditions, day and night. Its remarkable 1m-resolution imaging at full polarimetry is set to revolutionize remote sensing applications.

One of the key features of DS-SAR is its deployment into a Near Equatorial Orbit (NEO) at 5-degree inclination and an altitude of 535 km. Once operational, the satellite will play a pivotal role in fulfilling Singapore’s diverse satellite imagery requirements for various government agencies.

In addition to DS-SAR, the PSLV-C56 mission will also carry an assortment of co-passenger satellites, showcasing the versatility and collaborative spirit of space exploration:

  1. VELOX-AM: A technology demonstration microsatellite pushing the boundaries of space technology.
  2. Atmospheric Coupling and Dynamics Explorer (ARCADE): An experimental satellite aimed at advancing our understanding of atmospheric dynamics.
  3. SCOOB-II: A 3U nanosatellite designed to demonstrate cutting-edge technology.
  4. NuLIoN by NuSpace: An advanced 3U nanosatellite enabling seamless IoT connectivity in both urban and remote locations.
  5. Galassia-2: A 3U nanosatellite operating in low Earth orbit, contributing to scientific research.
  6. ORB-12 STRIDER: An international collaboration satellite, fostering global cooperation in space exploration.

As the countdown begins, the excitement and anticipation grow for the PSLV-C56 mission, which promises to not only elevate India’s reputation in space exploration but also strengthen international partnerships in the pursuit of scientific advancements and innovation.