ISRO: Launch of PSLV C-53 Satellites

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched PSLV-C53 mission from Sri harikota, Andhra Pradesh. It carried three satellites from Singapore.  

Highlights

  • PSLV-C53 is the second dedicated commercial mission of the space agency’s commercial arm NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
  • PSLV-C53 successfully injected the satellites at an altitude of 570 km with 10-degree inclination.
  • The four-stage, 44.4-metre-tall rocket had a lift-off mass of 228.433 tonnes.
  • This was the ISRO’s 55th mission of PSLV.
  • The launch vehicle has carried three satellites – DS-EO, a 365 kg and NeuSAR, a 155 kg satellite and 2.8 kg Scoob-1 satellite.
  • DS-EO carries an Electro-Optic, multi-spectral payload which will provide full colour images for land classification, and for serving humanitarian assistance and disaster relief needs.
  • NeuSAR satellite will provide images in day and night and under all weather conditions.
  • The Scoob-I satellite is the first satellite in the Student Satellite Series (S3-I), which is a hands-on student training programme.

New Space India Limited (NSIL)

NSIL is a Central Public Sector Enterprise of the Government of India. It functions as the commercial arm of ISRO. It is headquartered at Bengaluru. NSIL was established in 2019 and is working under the administrative control of the Department of Space. It has the responsibility to enable Indian industries to take up high technology space related activities. It deals with capacity building of local industries for space manufacturing

ISRO- Key Facts

  • ISRO is the space agency under the Department of Space of Government of India.
  • It was formed in 1969.
  • ISRO replaced its predecessor, INCOSPAR (Indian National Committee for Space Research) which was established in 1962.
  • Current Chairman of ISRO- S. Somnath

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