Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV) -C56 rocket carrying 7 satellites of Singapore on 30 July 2023 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) Sriharikota Range (SHAR), Andhra Pradesh. This was the 58th flight of the PSLV.
The PSLV-C56/DS-SAR was a dedicated commercial mission of the NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) for ST Engineering, Singapore.
PSLV-C56 DS/SAR Mission:
The PSLV-C56 mission carried 7 satellites of Singapore but the main satellite was DS/SAR hence the mission was called as PSLV-C56 DS/SAR Mission.
The DS/SAR satellite is a Radar Imaging Earth observation satellite.
The other 6 satellites are:
VELOX-AM, a 23 kg technology demonstration microsatellite.
Arcade Atmospheric Coupling and Dynamics Explorer (ARCADE): It is an experimental satellite.
Scoob-2 (SCOOB-II), a 3U nanosatellite carrying a technology demonstrator payload.
NuLIoN by NuSpace, an advanced 3U nanosatellite that enables seamless IoT connectivity in both urban and remote locations.
Galasia-2, a 3U nanosatellite that will orbit the Earth in low orbit.
ORB-12 Strider: This satellite has been developed under an international collaboration.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO):
ISRO is a space agency under the Department of Space, Government of India. It was set up to promote space technology for national development by advancing space science research and planetary exploration.
Established: 15 August 1969
Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Chairman : S. Somnath
Founder: Dr. Vikram Sarabhai
NewSpace India Limited (NSIL):
It is a public sector company set up by the government of India on 6 March 2019.
It is the marketing arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which provides space based services to clients through its Earth Observation and Communication satellites.
It builds satellites and launches them as per the demand of the customer.