Press Release

PSLV to Launch Singapore University Satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
February 4, 2003
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Antrix Corporation of Department of Space and Nanyang Technological
University, (NTU), Singapore signed an agreement today, January 24, 2003,
under which ISRO’s PSLV will launch X-Sat of NTU. The agreement was signed
by Prof Er Meng Hwa, Deputy President and Prof Tan Soon Hie, Director,
Satellite Engineering Centre from NTU and Mr K R Sridhara Murthy, Executive
Director, Antrix Corporation at a simple ceremony held at Antariksh Bhavan,
Bangalore, the headquarters of ISRO and Antrix. Dr K Kasturirangan,
Chairman, ISRO and Dr P S Goel, Director, ISRO Satellite Center also
participated in the ceremony.

The 100 kg class X-Sat, which is being developed by NTU, Singapore, is a
remote sensing micro-satellite for earth observation and imaging in visible
spectral bands. The satellite will be used for land and coastal observations
employing multi-spectral imaging. The three-axes stabilized spacecraft will
have deployable solar panels.

X-Sat is the fifth satellite for which Antrix Corporation is providing
launch service using ISRO’s PSLV. The satellites launched earlier are PROBA
of Belgium, BIRD and DLR-TUBSAT of Germany and KITSAT-3 of Korea. Under the
agreement signed today, besides launching X-Sat on one of the forthcoming
launches of PSLV during 2005/06, Antrix will also provide NTU with the
necessary support for testing the satellite.

SpaceRef staff editor.