ISRO PSLV-C53 Places Singapore Satellites In Their Desired Orbits

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The Indian Space Research Organisation on Thursday successfully launched PSLV-C53 which placed three Singapore satellites in orbits. The fourth stage of the rocket then turned into an orbital platform for scientific experiments as it began to circle the Earth.

The modified PSLV-C53 took off from the second launchpad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota Range (SHAR), at 6.02 p.m. and placed the three satellites — a 365 kg Singaporean Earth Observation Satellite, DS-EO, a 155 kg small commercial satellite with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload, the NeuSAR; and a 2.8 kg satellite from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and SCOOB-1 — into orbit 19 minutes after lift-off.

This was also the first time since December 2019 that a launch was allowed to be witnessed by the media and the general public allowed to the Visitors Gallery, marking a sense of normalcy at the space port since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world and lockdown restrictions were placed.

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