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ISRO’s commercial arm to launch its second mission on June 30 MPNRC

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NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is all set for its second mission that will put three foreign satellites into orbit.

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The space agency’s workhorse PSLV will carry out the mission on June 30 from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled for 6 pm, and the 25-hour countdown will begin on June 29 at 5 pm.

“PSLV-C53 is the second dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL). It is designed to orbit the DS-EO satellite along with two other co-passenger satellites from ST Electronics, Singapore,” the agency announced on Wednesday.

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This will be the 55th mission of PSLV and the 15th mission to use the PSLV-core alone version.

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The four-stage, 44.4 m tall rocket, weighing 228.433 tonnes, will carry three satellites – a 365 kg DS-EO satellite with 0.5 m resolution imaging capability and a 155 kg NuSAR – both built by the Stareck Initiative, Republic of Korea Is.

DS-EO satellite. image/news18

NuSAR is Singapore’s first small commercial satellite carrying a SAR payload, capable of providing images in day and night and in all weather conditions.

The third satellite is the 2.8 kg Scub-1 from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. It is the first satellite in the Student Satellite Series (S3-I), a practical student training program from the Satellite Research Center (SaRC) at the NTU School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Singapore.

ISRO has earlier launched nine customer satellites from Israel, Italy, Japan and USA under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).

The agency also shared that the mission will have PSLV Orbital Experimental Module (POEM) which will conduct scientific experiments in orbit using the spent PS4 stage as an orbital platform after separation of the satellites.

The rocket’s fourth and final stage usually turns into debris after ejecting the satellite, but ISRO will use it as an innovative stable platform for conducting experiments. It will draw power from solar panels mounted around the PS4 tank and Li-ion batteries. POEM will be carrying six payloads, including two Indian space start-ups M/s Digantara and M/s Dhruv Aerospace, enabled through IN-SPACe and NSIL.

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