Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-53 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on 30th June 2022. This is the second major mission by ISRO’s commercial division, NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
PSLV C-53 was carrying three Singaporean satellites which were the 365 Kg heavy DS-EO, a 155 Kg heavy commercial satellite with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and the 2.8 Kg SCOOB-1 satellite from Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
For this mission PSLV’s Core-Alone (PSLV-CA) variant was used. Further, the fourth stage of PSLV, which usually turns to debris after its purpose, was repurposed as PSLV Orbital Experimental Module (POEM) to conduct in-orbit experiments.