ISRO launches PSLV-C56 carrying six satellites from southern India
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C56) along with six satellites from southern India’s Andhra Pradesh.
This happened at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 30.
Visuals showed the rocket setting off after a countdown and jetting into the sky with a burst. A huge cloud of smoke remained in the area after it took off and the rocket left a trail of smoke in the sky as it flew and slowly disappeared amongst the clouds. According to a report, this was the fourth dedicated PSLV mission for the Singapore government and also the 431st time that India launched a foreign satellite. It was also the 90th space mission undertaken by the ISRO and 58th in the PSLV series.
ISRO chairman S Somnath stated, “PSLV-C56 carrying seven satellites including the primary satellite DS-SAR and six co-passengers has been successfully placed in the right orbit. This is a PSLV mission for New Space India Limited [NSIL] and I want to congratulate the customers sponsored by the Government of Singapore for having this mission onboard PSLV and their continued faith in our launch vehicle for deploying their spacecraft.”
The six co-passenger satellites that the PSLV C56 launched into orbit are VELOX-AM, a 23-kg technology demonstration microsatellite, an experimental satellite SCOOB-II, a 3U nanosatellite flying a technology demonstrator payload, ARCADE Atmospheric Coupling and Dynamics Explorer (ARCADE) and NuLIoN by NuSpace, an advanced 3U nanosatellite enabling seamless IoT connectivity in both urban & remote locations. The other two are named ORB-12 STRIDER, a satellite developed under an International collaboration and Galassia-2, which is a 3U nanosatellite that will be orbiting at low earth orbit.
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