ISRO’s PSLV-C55 successfully deployed 2 Singapore satellites into orbit
TeLEOS-2 and Lumelite-4, two Singaporean satellites, were successfully launched into orbit by the dependable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) while seven other payloads attached to the PS4 upper stage were used for experiments, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
ISRO’s PSLV-C55 successfully deployed 2 Singapore satellites into orbit: Key Points
● The Satish Dhawan Space Centre hosted the launch.
● The launch represented the 57th PSLV flight and the 16th mission using the PSLV Core Alone configuration, the launch vehicle’s lightest design because it only has four core stages and no strap-on boosters to offer additional thrust, according to ISRO.
● TeLEOS-2 was placed in an orbit 586 kilometres above the earth by PSLV-C55, which took about 20 minutes to launch.
● The 16 kilogramme Lumelite-4 was then sent into orbit as well. The Defence Science and Technology Agency of Singapore and ST Engineering, a Singaporean technology and engineering company, collaborated on the development of the TeLEOS-2 satellite.
● It will be utilised to support the satellite imagery needs of several agencies in Singapore once it is deployed and operational.
● Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is the payload carried by TeLEOS-2. It will offer coverage in all weather conditions day and night.
Development of the Lumelite-4 satellite
The National University of Singapore’s Satellite Technology and Research Centre and A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research collaborated on the development of the Lumelite-4 satellite. The high-performance space-borne VHF data exchange system was built for technological demonstration by Lumelite-4, a cutting-edge 12U satellite. It seeks to improve the maritime safety systems for electronic navigation in Singapore.
Additionally, the mission included a PSLV Orbital Experimental Module, which would use the launch vehicle’s discarded PS4 stage as an orbital platform for conducting scientific experiments with non-separating payloads.
The first unmanned Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket is anticipated to launch in February 2024 as part of the Gaganyaan mission, according to S Somnath, chairman of Isro, who spoke to the media following the launch. There will be two important mission tests before that, which are scheduled to take place in the upcoming months.
Gaganyaan Mission: About
● Gaganyaan, India’s first human space journey, is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2024.
● The launch of the unmanned G1 mission is planned for the last quarter of 2023, followed by the launch of the second unmanned G2 mission in the second quarter of 2024, and finally the launch of the final human space flight H1 mission in the fourth quarter of 2024.
● ISRO’s Gaganyaan project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of human space flight by launching a crew of three people into a 400 km orbit for a three-day trip and returning them safely to land in the Indian Ocean.
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