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India and Singapore Unite for Revolutionary Satellite Launch


Bengaluru: In a remarkable collaboration between India and Singapore, a significant milestone in space exploration is set to take place on July 30. India’s prestigious ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will be launching a satellite from Singapore, equipped with an advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload, courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). This sophisticated payload has the capability to capture high-quality images even in adverse weather conditions.

The highly anticipated launch will be facilitated by India’s PSLV-C56 rocket, which is scheduled to lift off from the esteemed Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh at 6:30 am on Sunday. Alongside Singapore’s DS-SAR satellite, the PSLV-C56 will also deploy six co-passenger satellites from the island city-state into orbit.

The DS-SAR satellite represents a landmark achievement in the field of satellite technology, born from a fruitful partnership between Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), representing the Government of Singapore, and Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), a renowned global technology, defence, and engineering company.

Once successfully deployed and operational, the DS-SAR satellite will play a pivotal role in supporting the satellite imagery requirements of various government agencies within Singapore. Its advanced SAR capabilities will enable the acquisition of crucial data and imagery, empowering these agencies with valuable insights and aiding their diverse missions.

This groundbreaking mission marks yet another stride in India’s and Singapore’s contributions to space exploration and technology, fostering international cooperation and scientific advancements.

As the launch date draws near, anticipation and excitement are palpable within the scientific community and space enthusiasts alike. All eyes are now set on the historic moment when India and Singapore propel their satellite into space, opening up new possibilities and expanding the horizons of satellite-based applications and research.

The collaborative efforts between these nations stand as a testament to the power of international partnerships in advancing space exploration and technology, promising a brighter future for both countries in the realm of space research and innovation.


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