The satellite began its mission in space and transmitted first data to the ground station. The DS-SAR radar observation satellite will be used for governmental and commercial purposes; of the Singapore government and a private company
The DS-SAR radar observation satellite was successfully launched into space this morning. The satellite, produced by the Aerospace Industry, was launched at 04:00 from the PSLV C56 launcher from the launch site in India.
In accordance with the original launch plan, the satellite entered its orbit around the Earth, began transmitting data and underwent a series of initial tests by the project's engineers, who verified its integrity and level of performance. The satellite will now begin a complementary and pre-planned process of on-orbit testing after which it will be delivered to the Singapore customers, DSTA and ST Engineering.
DS-SAR will be used to support the satellite imagery requirements of Singapore government agencies, including maritime security and oil spill detection. At the same time, the images captured by DS-SAR will be used to improve ST Electronics' commercial image services.
DSTA (Defence Science and Technology Agency) - part of the Ministry of Defense of Singapore - along with ST Electronics - part of the regional defense and engineering group ST Engineering - ordered in 2018 a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite from the Israeli aerospace industry to strengthen the existing TELEOS 1 satellite launched in -2015.
The DS-SAR satellite was developed on the basis of experience gained by the Aerospace Industry in the development of the series of advanced observation satellites "Ofek" and TECSAR, which were launched into space as early as 1988. The SAR radar allows receiving a wide variety of information in different coverages and resolutions day, night and in all conditions Weather.