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India launches six Singapore satellites onboard PSLV-C29


India on Wednesday successfully put six Singapore satellites into orbit after a perfect launch of its polar rocket in its landmark 50th space mission from here that also gave a boost to its space business. The Singaporean satellites that would help the city-state gather information on disaster monitoring and urban planning were launched by ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV-C29) coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and India this year.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also scored a splendid hat-trick of exclusive commercial launches this year after the July and September missions when it launched 11 satellites, including those of United States and United Kingdom.

Details of the launch:
TeLEOS-One: It is the major payload and is a remote sensing satellite weighing 400 kg. It’s mission life is of five years and It can be put to use for disaster monitoring and urban planning for the city state. • Along with TeLEOS-1, the five co-passenger satellites launched are VELOX-CI (123 kg) micro-satellite; VELOX-II (13 kg) 6U-Cubesat technology demonstrator; Athenoxat-1, a technology demonstrator nano-satellite; Kent Ridge-1 (78 kg), a micro-satellite; and Galassia (3.4 kg ) 2U-Cubesat.
• While the Velox-C1 and Kent Ridge-1 are the microsatellites, the remaining four are macro satellites.
• The rocket was launched in the core-alone version (without the use of solid strap-on motors) with the lift-off mass of 227.6 tonne. It included payload weight of around 600 kg.
• The satellites were launched into a 550 km circular orbit inclined at 15 degrees to the equator.
• For ISRO’s PSLV, TeLEOS-1 Mission was the 32nd overall and the sixth fully commercial launch.
• With the present launch, ISRO has put into orbits 57 foreign satellites belonging to 20 countries successfully. Significantly, the list of countries includes scientifically advacned countries like the USA, the UK, France and Germany among others.