The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket on Thursday evening, the 25-hour countdown for which began today.
Important details about the PSLV-C53 mission
The Indian rocket will carry three Singapore-owned satellites built by Starec Initiative of South Korea. These are the 365 kg DS-EO, the 155 kg NeuSAR, and the 2.8 kg Scoob-1 from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. The total weight of the three satellites is 522.8 kg.
The PSLV-C53 rocket is 44.4 meters in height and will have a mass of about 228 ton at the time of lift off. The four stage expendable rocket is powered by alternating solid and liquid fuel.
The fourth and final stage of the rocket will be used as an orbital platform for six payloads. These payloads include two from Indian space start-ups, Digantara and Dhruva Aerospace.