India to launch satellite for Singapore

Wednesday, 29 January 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch a remote sensing satellite for Singapore using an indigenously developed rocket.

This will be the fifth satellite to be launched by ISRO, which has put in space a wide array of Indian communications and remote sensing satellites.

Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of India's Department of Space, has signed an agreement with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University for launching the satellite, said a government spokesman.

The 100-kg satellite will be used for land and coastal observations with multi-spectral imaging.

"It will be launched by ISRO's tested polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) during one of its forthcoming missions," the spokesman said.

Antrix Corporation will provide the Singapore University with support for testing the satellite.

Other foreign satellites launched by ISRO are Belgium's Proba, Germany's Bird and DLR-TubSat and Korea's KitSat-3.

The PSLV has been used mainly to put Indian remote sensing satellites weighing up to 900 kg in polar orbit. The latest launch vehicle, PSLV-4, was used for the first time to put a 1,200-kg meteorological satellite in geo-stationary orbit in September.

Antrix Corporation, set up in September 1992, currently has a sales turnover of over 300 million.
Source: IANS
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