ISRO to Launch 6 Singapore Satellites


Bengaluru: India will launch six satellites from Singapore, including 500kg earth observation spacecraft, in mid-December, a top official said on Friday.  “The 500kg dedicate satellite (TeLOS-1) will be a commercial launch for Singapore Technologies Electronics Ltd whiles 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, the most reliable and trusted rocket of the ISRO will deploy the satellites into a near equatorial orbit. According to the company subsidiary, (Satcom & Sensor Systems Pte Ltd), its first commercial satellite will carry an electro-optical camera capable of taking images at ground resolution of one metre. “The observatory spacecraft will be used disaster and environment monitoring, maritime safety, urban planning and homeland security,” Hegde noted.

India will also launch another 900kg dedicated communication satellite (Aisat) for the German space agency (GLR) in 2016 from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. “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,” Hegde added.