ISRO successfully conducted launch of its flagship rocket PSLV-C53 on 30 June 2022 from its launch facility Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. PSLV-C53 took the flight with 3 customer satellites from Singapore into Low Earth Orbit.
About PSLV-C53/DS-EO Mission
- Launched by: Indian Space Research Organisation
- Launched on: 30 June 2022
- Launched from: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
- Payload: Primary: Three satellites from Singapore
- Secondary: Payloads from two Indian startups Dhruva Space and Digantara
- Orbit launched into: Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
Payloads of the Mission
- PSLV-C53 carried three satellites – DS-EO, a 365 kg and NeuSAR, a 155 kg satellite both belonging to Singapore. The third satellite is a 2.8 kg Scoob-1 of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
- DS-EO carries an Electro-Optic, multi-spectral payload that will provide full color images for land classification, and serving Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief needs.
- NeuSAR is Singapore's first small commercial satellite carrying a SAR payload, which is capable of providing images in day and night and under all weather conditions.
- SCOOB-I satellite is the first satellite in the Student Satellite Series (S3-I), a hands-on student training program from the Satellite Research Centre (SaRC) at Singapore's NTU School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Other special things about the mission
- In this mission ISRO first time used the spent upper stage (4th stage) of the launch vehicle as a stabilized platform for scientific payloads subsequent to the separation of the satellites.
- It was second dedicated commercial mission of the New Space Indian Limited (NSIL).