India to launch Singapore-made satellites on Wednesday

NEW DELHI - The countdown has begun for India's launch of six Singapore-made satellites into space, marking Singapore's boldest leap yet into space.

Indian media reported that on Monday (Dec 14) that India will launch the satellites on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The rocket will blast off from the rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday at 6pm (Dec 16).

The countdown began at 7am on Monday morning, according to the ISRO.

The largest of the six satellites is the 400kg TeLEOS-1, which is Singapore's first commercial earth observation satellite to orbit in space. The satellite will carry a camera that can take pictures at ground resolution of up to 1m.

Besides Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia have their own satellites in space.

The Dec 16 launch comes four years after Singapore put its first home-grown micro-satellite in space.

For India, the successful launch of the six satellites will take ISRO's total flights of foreign satellites to 57, reported local media.