WHY IN NEWS ?
- Recently, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced that the PSLV C56 carrying Singapore’s DS SAR satellite will be launched on July 30 from Sriharikota.
ABOUT PSLV C56:
- The PSLV-C56 is the 58th mission of Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the 17th flight of the PSLV-CA variant.
- The launch of PSLV-C56 carrying DS-SAR satellite, along with 6 co-passengers from the first launch-pad of SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota is tentatively scheduled towards the end of July 2023.
- PSLV-C56 is configured in its core-alone mode, similar to that of C55.
- It would launched DS-SAR, a 360 kg satellite into a Near-equatorial Orbit (NEO) at 5 degrees inclination and 535 km altitude.
- The DS-SAR satellite is developed under a partnership between DSTA (representing the Government of Singapore) and ST Engineering.
- Once deployed and operational, it will be used to support the satellite imagery requirements of various agencies within the Government of Singapore.
- ST Engineering will use it for multi-modal and higher responsiveness imagery and geospatial services for their commercial customers.
- DS-SAR carries a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). This allows the DS-SAR to provide for all-weather day and night coverage, and capable of imaging at 1m-resolution at full polarimetry.
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