Six satellites will be launched from the Indians Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Singapore will be launching 6 satellites from ISRO’s polar satellite launch. The six satellites will be piggybacking and hitching a ride on the PSLV-C29 which will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in the spaceport of Sriharikota is scheduled for lift off at 6.00 pm tomorrow.
What are the satellites for?
Mainly just observation and surveillance. Among the 6 is a 400kg satellite that will be deployed for surveillance for maritime and border security. The 6 satellites will hover in orbit 550km above earth for up to 5 years.
This isn’t the first satellite we’ve launched into space, with the first being a micro satellite that was launched in 2011 and subsequent launches by NTU.
This time round, the satellites are being built from scratch by teams from defence manufacturer Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics), National University of Singapore and NTU.
The 400 kg TeLEOS-1 is the biggest and first Singapore-made commercial earth observation satellite to orbit in space, said ST Electronics communication and sensor systems group president Tang Kum Chuen.
The satellite will carry a camera that can take pictures at ground resolution of up to 1 metre.
Besides Singapore, the other countries in the region that have their own satellites in space include Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
Dr Tim Huxley, executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Asia), said the upcoming satellite launch is a “significant step” in Singapore’s space programme, which started 20 years ago.
“Singapore recognises the importance of using space technology for all sorts of purposes, from tracking maritime traffic or finding f ..