PSLV Successfully Launches Six Satellites from Singapore

PSLV Successfully Launches Six Satellites from Singapore 
In its thirty second flight conducted from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), SHAR, Sriharikota today evening (December 16, 2015), ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C29 successfully launched six satellites from Singapore, including the 400 kg TeLEOS-1, the primary satellite. The other five satellites were co. passenger payloads. PSLV-C29 launched all the six payloads into an orbit of 549 km height inclined at an angle of 15 deg to the equator. 

The six satellites carried by PSLV-C29 today together weighed about 624 kg at lift-off. These six satellites were launched as part of the agreement entered into between ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems), Singapore and Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a government of India Company under the Department of Space (DOS).

This is the eleventh flight of PSLV in ‘core-alone’ configuration (without the use of solid strap-on motors). PSLV has successfully launched 57 satellites for customers from abroad including the six Singapore satellites launched today.

After a 59 hour smooth count down, the 227.6 ton PSLV-C29 lifted off from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at SDSC SHAR at 1800 hrs (6:00 pm) IST with the ignition of its first stage. The important flight events included the separation of the first stage, ignition of the second stage, separation of the payload fairing at about 117 km altitude, second stage separation, third stage ignition and separation, fourth stage ignition and cut-off.

Once the intended orbit was achieved, TeLEOS-1 was deployed at about 18 min 12 seconds after lift-off. This was followed by the deployment of other five satellites, viz., Kent Ridge-1, VELOX-C1, VELOX-II, Galassia and Athenoxat-1 in quick succession in the subsequent three minutes. 
'Chandrayaan-2' to land on moon in 2017: Dr Jitendra Singh 
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh announced in Lok Sabha today that "Chandrayaan-2", India’s Lunar Probe, will land on the surface of moon in 2017 and, among other things, it will explore the possibilities of extra-terrestrial life there. Similarly, India’s landmark Solar Mission “Aditya-L1” is to be launched in 2019, he informed.

Lauding the glorious achievements of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) during the last one year, Dr Jitendra Singh informed about the successful launch of six Singapore satellites from Sriharikota to mark the Golden Jubilee of the independence of the Republic of Singapore. He further informed that this launch was agreed upon on commercial basis and the government of Singapore has paid 26 million euros for it.

In an elaborate reply to a question, Dr Jitendra Singh said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the past one year has been a year of glory, not only because it placed India as a frontline nation in the field of space technology, but also because India’s space programme emerged as true example of Prime Minister’s “Make in India” mission. He said that soon after the swearing-in ceremony of the present government, the Prime Minister visited Sriharikota to witness the launch on June 30, 2014 and the IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) series of seven satellites, when completed by March 2016, will offer navigation inputs to all the neighbouring countries of South Asia. Similarly, the images sent from the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) are now being shared by even the most developed countries of the world, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that the most significant achievement of the last 18 months of the present government is that it had firmly established India as an important player in the space market. He disclosed that till now, India had earned 17.17 million US Dollars and 17.98 million Euros from the launch of foreign satellites while 4.5 million US Dollars and 64 million Euros respectively had been committed as a payment for the future launching of foreign satellites which are in pipeline. 
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Space Cooperation 
The Government of India and its national space body, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) of Department of Space (DOS) has signed agreement with other developing/ developed countries and their space bodies for peaceful uses of outer space including Research and Development (R&D) in space science, technology and applications. Currently such cooperative agreements are in place with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Peru, Republic of Korea, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to an unstarred question by Shri Kirti Vardhan Singh in Lok Sabha today. 
Investments Under Make in India 
The space systems, products and services dealt in pursuance of space activities are of high technology & strategic in nature and hence, these are highly restricted for collaborations. Under these circumstances, attracting investments under the envelope of ‘Make in India’ in space activities generally experience difficulties in practice. However, Department of Space (DOS) has chosen the path of indigenisation of high technology systems and has been successful in realisation. Due to stringent requirements of space qualified systems, long gestation period for realisation, DOS has been engaging the Indian industry with appropriate support in indigenisation and production efforts.

Commensurate with the scope of space activities and increased demands for space based services in the country, DOS has taken initiatives to achieve higher levels of participation of Indian industry in space activities.

Presently, DOS does not look for any lateral induction of specialists from space agencies. However, a mechanism exists in ISRO to provide lateral induction to those Indian citizens, possessing Ph.D qualification and who are working in India / foreign countries in specific areas of expertise, which are of relevance to the Indian Space Programme through assessment of individuals’ technical competencies. For the present, no such provision has been made for non-Ph.D holders, evincing interest to come back to India to pursue career in Space.

Department of Space is mandated for harnessing the benefits of space technology for national development.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to an unstarred question by Shri Maheish Girri in Lok Sabha today. 
National Space Law 
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has initiated a process of formulating a National Space Act for India for supporting the overall growth of space activities, with enhanced levels of private sector participation and offering more commercial opportunities. In this context, consequent to internal studies followed by a national level workshop with experts across the country, and subsequent consultations, a draft version has been formulated. Currently, the Draft Cabinet Note is in process for seeking the approval of the Competent Authority for Inter-Ministerial Consultation.

India’s acceptance of Outer Space Treaty (1967) per se does not necessitate providing space policies of India. However, the Outer Space Treaty creates certain obligations, such as peaceful uses of outer space, promoting international cooperation in outer space activities, non-weaponisation of outer space etc., on a Member State. India as a Member State to this treaty has been complying with such obligations/ requirements.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to an unstarred question by Shri Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel and Shri Baijayant Jay Panda in Lok Sabha today. 

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