Keeping in tune with its aim of developing world class space technology, India will launch six satellites from Singapore, including a dedicated 500kg earth observation spacecraft, in mid-December, a top space official said on Friday.
“The 500kg dedicated satellite (TeLOS-1) will be a commercial launch for Singapore Technologies Electronics Ltd while five other smaller satellites are from Singapore universities,” Indian space agency’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation Chairman and Managing Director V.S. Hegde told IANS in Bengaluru.
The polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV), the most reliable trusted rocket of the Indian Space Research and Organisation (Isro), will deploy the satellites into a near-equatorial orbit, inclined 15 degrees lower to the south of the equator.
“As Singapore has a cloudy weather most of the year, the observatory satellite will be put in a sun-synchronous polar orbit 550 km above the earth so that it could transmit signals round-the-clock, cloud disturbances notwithstanding,” Hegde said on the margins of a defence and aerospace seminar.
Hegde added that “The observatory spacecraft will be used disaster and environment monitoring, maritime safety, urban planning and homeland security,”
India will also launch another 900 kg dedicated communication satellite (AISAT) for the German space agency (GLR) in 2016 from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Hegde further added that “Of the 23 satellites we have commercially contracted for launches in the earth’s lower orbit from nine developed and developing countries, 21 smaller, micro and nano type are from Algeria, Canada, Indonesia, Japan and the US for communication, remote sensing, observational activities.”
ISRO has received a demand for launching 1,500 satellites for various space and science applications from countries the world over. India is grading up its capacity to launch as many of them. ISRO costs are highly competitive and record expertise in sending them in lower orbits using PSLV over the decades has been the key of its success.
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