Nellore: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved another milestone as it successfully launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on its 56th mission, carrying seven foreign satellites into space. The momentous event took place at 6:31 AM IST on Sunday, lifting off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This remarkable feat comes just two weeks after ISRO’s launch of the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the Moon on July 14, 2023, from the same spaceport.
The primary payload of the PSLV-C56 mission was the DS-SAR satellite, a collaborative effort between DSTA (representing the Government of Singapore) and ST Engineering. The DS-SAR satellite is intended to fulfill the imagery requirements of several Singapore government agencies and ST Engineering’s commercial customers. The launch was carried out by ISRO under a contract with New Space India Limited (NSIL), furthering international cooperation in space exploration.
Alongside the DS-SAR, the PSLV-C56 also carried six co-passenger customer satellites. These included VELOX-AM, ARCADE, SCOOB-II, NuLIoN, Galassia-2, and ORB-12 STRIDER. In an impressive display of precision, all seven satellites were deployed successfully into their intended orbits approximately 23 minutes after the launch from Sriharikota.
ISRO chairman, S Somnath, expressed delight at the successful launch and conveyed plans for more experiments in the PSLV range. He announced that another PSLV launch is expected in either August or September, demonstrating ISRO’s commitment to advancing space exploration and technology. Somnath extended gratitude to the Singapore government for their trust in ISRO, fostering stronger ties in the field of space missions.
The achievements of this mission garnered praise and recognition from key political figures. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy congratulated the ISRO team for the flawless execution of PSLV-C56, along with the deployment of seven satellites in their designated orbits. He conveyed his best wishes for ISRO’s future endeavors, recognizing the organization’s commitment to scientific excellence.
Andhra Pradesh Governor S Abdul Nazeer also conveyed his appreciation to the ISRO scientists for the successful launch. He hailed the PSLV-C56 mission as an exceptional addition to ISRO’s achievements and wished them success in all their forthcoming missions.
The successful launch of PSLV-C56 underscores India’s growing prowess in space exploration and its commitment to global collaborations, marking a significant moment in the nation’s space journey. As the Indian space agency continues to push boundaries, the world eagerly anticipates further advancements and contributions to the realm of space science and technology.