Tata Advanced Systems Limited Successfully Deploys TSAT-1A Satellite into Space

Tata Advanced Systems Limited Successfully Deploys TSAT-1A Satellite into Space

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) recently celebrated the successful deployment of its sub-metre resolution optical satellite, TSAT-1A, into space. The deployment took place as part of the Bandwagon-1 mission, with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket facilitating the launch. Let’s delve deeper into the details of this achievement.

Background Information

  • TASL and Satellogic entered into a collaboration in November 2023, aiming to develop and integrate an advanced earth observation satellite.
  • The satellite, TSAT-1A, boasts high-resolution optical imaging capabilities and was launched from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, U.S., at 11:16 p.m. UTC on April 7.

TASL’s Statement

  • TASL highlighted the significance of this achievement, emphasizing their commitment to the space sector and showcasing their partnership with Satellogic.
  • The assembly of TSAT-1A took place at TASL’s Assembly, Integration, and Testing plant in Karnataka.

Satellogic’s Perspective

  • Emiliano Kargieman, CEO of Satellogic, lauded the flexibility of their space systems program, which allows customization to meet specific requirements of governments and enterprises.

SpaceX’s Role

  • SpaceX described the Bandwagon-1 mission as its first dedicated rideshare mission into a mid-inclination orbit, offering higher revisit rates compared to other orbits.
  • In addition to TSAT-1A, the mission carried 11 other spacecraft from various entities, including Korea, HawkEye 360, Tyvak International, iQPS, and Capella Space.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs):

  1. When was TSAT-1A deployed into space?
    A) November 2023
    B) April 7
    C) January 1
    D) February 15
    Answer: B) April 7
  2. Where was TSAT-1A launched from?
    A) Bangalore, India
    B) Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, U.S.
    C) Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.
    D) Moscow, Russia
    Answer: B) Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, U.S.
  3. What capability does TSAT-1A offer through its multispectral and hyperspectral capabilities?
    A) Low-latency delivery
    B) Increased collection capacity
    C) Dynamic range
    D) All of the above
    Answer: D) All of the above
  4. Where was TSAT-1A assembled?
    A) Vemagal facility, Karnataka
    B) Kennedy Space Centre, Florida
    C) Satellogic’s headquarters
    D) SpaceX’s integration facility
    Answer: A) Vemagal facility, Karnataka
  5. Who is the CEO of Satellogic?
    A) Sukaran Singh
    B) Emiliano Kargieman
    C) Elon Musk
    D) Jeff Bezos
    Answer: B) Emiliano Kargieman