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Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) Launches India’s First Privately-Built Sub-Metre Resolution Surveillance Satellite

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), in collaboration with Satellogic, has successfully launched India’s inaugural private sector-built sub-metre resolution earth observation satellite, TSAT-1A. This significant milestone marks a new era in India’s space endeavors, offering enhanced surveillance capabilities to the country.

Collaboration and Launch Details

The collaboration between TASL and Satellogic resulted in the successful launch of TSAT-1A from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 7. Assembled at TASL’s Vemagal facility in Karnataka, TSAT-1A promises high-resolution optical satellite imagery with multispectral and hyperspectral capabilities.

Technical Specifications and Significance

TSAT-1A boasts sub-metre resolution (0.5-0.8 meters natively) which can be further enhanced to 0.5 to 0.6-meter super resolution using software. Weighing less than 50 kg and positioned in low-earth orbit, it offers increased collection capacity and low-latency delivery of satellite images, catering to the needs of various sectors including defense and commercial enterprises.

Target Customers and Future Plans

CEO and MD of TASL, Sukaran Singh, highlighted that the primary customers for TSAT-1A would be government agencies, particularly the Indian armed forces, with plans to extend services to commercial clients. Singh also emphasized the importance of the inclined orbit for frequent revisits to areas of interest, enhancing surveillance capabilities.

Future Endeavors and Space Facilities

TASL aims to expand its capabilities in the space sector by focusing on areas including assembly, integration, and testing of satellites, data processing, and satellite control centers. Collaboration with ISRO for future launches is also envisioned, showcasing TASL’s commitment to furthering India’s space exploration efforts.

Congratulations and Acknowledgments

Emiliano Kargieman, CEO at Satellogic, commended the efficient collaboration between TASL and Satellogic, highlighting the adaptability of Satellogic’s Space Systems program in meeting specific satellite requirements and achieving timely launches.

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