On July 30, India will launch PSLV-C56, carrying the DS-SAR satellite from Singapore, along with six co-passenger spacecraft from ISRO’s Sriharikota spaceport. The satellites will be launched from the first launchpad at 6.30 a.m., according to the space agency.

The DS-SAR satellite is being developed in collaboration with Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) (representing the Singapore Government) and ST Engineering.

Once installed and operational, it will be utilised to support the satellite imagery needs of various agencies within the Singapore government. ST Engineering plans to use it for multi-modal and high-resolution images and GIS services for its commercial customers.

The DS-SAR satellite is equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). This enables the DS-SAR to provide for all-weather day and night coverage, and capable of imaging at one metre resolution at full polarimetry.

The PSLV-C56 from DSTA & ST Engineering, Singapore, was purchased by the NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a central public sector undertaking under the Department of Space, to deploy the 360-kg DS-SAR satellite, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the national space agency headquartered here, tweeted on Monday.

The six co-passenger satellites are: VELOX-AM, a technology demonstration microsatellite, Atmospheric Coupling and Dynamics Explorer (ARCADE), an experimental satellite, SCOOB-II, a 3U nanosatellite flying a technology demonstrator payload, NuLIoN by NuSpace, an advanced 3U nanosatellite enabling seamless IoT connectivity in both urban and remote locations, Galassia-2, a 3U nano

The PSLV-C56 is configured in a core-alone mode, similar to that of the C55.

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