We all had richly imagined ‘space’ phases as children – but only through Western toys, films and the chronology of NASA’s success, and the occasional book from the Soviet Union.
The chairman of ISRO said that they had successfully tested the electric propulsion system and would continue to use it to send large satellites into space.
While astronomers are not going to bother including it in our continuing search for alien life, the planet itself will not be able to look forward to a charmed existence.
The D1 mission has injected the GSAT-19 communications satellite into a geostationary orbit. It carries Ka-/Ku-band transponders, an indigenous lithium-ion battery and the GRASP instrument.
It is not often that a single rocket inspires conversations across history, politics, astronomy, engineering, communications and business at once.
Even though the US blocked the transfer of cryogenic technology to India towards the end of the Cold War, ISRO has much to gain today from working closely with the West and with NASA.
The astronauts will venture outside to replace a computer that recently failed, leaving the space station to depend on a backup system.
Even though Solibacillus kalamii has not yet been found on Earth, it is really not an extraterrestrial lifeform, either.
The space plane took off in May 2015 and conducted unspecified experiments for more than 700 days while in orbit, the programme’s fourth mission so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged the satellite as a ‘gift’ to increase regional cooperation outside the SAARC framework using India’s status as a space power.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged the South Asia Satellite as a ‘gift’ to increase regional cooperation outside the SAARC framework using India’s status as a space power.
No matter what we find by studying planets orbiting ultra-cool dwarfs, we cannot lose. We can only learn.
JAXA has announced a mission to visit the two moons of Mars and return a rock sample to Earth.
The results are relevant for future lander-probes to Titan – and to understand the surface chemistry of the only other body in the Solar System known to have liquids on its surface.
A planet’s atmosphere is what we need to be studying the most if and when we’re looking for signs of life.
“We want to know why these galaxies are so luminous. What is the source – is there a big central nucleus at the centre,” says Seema Pooranchand
It took Space Exploration Technologies Corp, as the California-based company is formally known, 15 years to demonstrate that a rocket typically discarded in the ocean after a single flight could be recovered and reused.
The Cherenkov Telescope Array, which India has invested in, will improve upon the data from Indian instruments like MACE and HAGAR.
The decay of radioactive isotopes, like those of plutonium and americium, drive generators that can power missions to space that run for decades.
The nanosatellites, INS 1A and INS 1B, were launched for gathering data for ISRO’s Space Application Centre and Laboratory for Electro Optic Systems.
Lucy and Psyche are a part of NASA’s Discovery Program, whose raison d’être is to explore our planetary neighbourhood using “faster, better, cheaper” missions.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk declined to identify the customers or say how much they would pay to fly on the weeklong mission, except to say that it is “nobody from Hollywood.”
Existing satellite capacity can be used for Digital India if the DoT can bypass DoS and ISRO to negotiate with private operators – but is this possible?
With them, “you can now move on from talking about the possibility of life on other planets to measuring the data on the planets. This is a major change.”
During 2016, ISRO signed cooperative agreements with the French, Emirati, Japanese, American, Vietnamese, Afghan and Russian space agencies, and the US Geological Survey.
ISRO is a state-backed, not market-driven, organisation, while its two launchers were conceived 30-40 years ago to meet specific domestic needs.
If nanosatellites are the future, why is ISRO not designing any of its own? And other questions about a ‘record-breaking’ launch that has reignited widespread chest-thumping.
NASA Dawn data has revealed the presence of substances on Ceres’s surface containing the methyl and methylene functional groups. This is an important find.
The PSLV C37 mission, scheduled for February 15, will deploy 104 satellites into a polar Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth.
They also found the dying star had begun to spew large amounts of material in the year or so before it blew up – something astronomers didn’t think would have happened.
The second mission to Mars is tentatively slated for a 2021-2022 timeframe and, per existing plans, it may involve putting a rover on the surface of the red planet.
The discovery is a testament to the method that the astronomers used, whose usefulness in studying the properties of exoplanets was established only in 2010.
The Outer Space Treaty, now 50 years old, has so far never been violated. But things could be about to change.
A replacement satellite will be launched in the second half of 2017, according to ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar. The cause of the problem remains unclear.
Launched last September, next generation satellite INSAT-3DR has opened new frontiers in India’s weather forecasting with ability to detect farm fires climate conditions hitherto unfeasible.
An enormous odd feature in Venus’ cloud region presents puzzle for scientists.
We know India’s ineffective legislation protects the cheapness of labour – but how do we know ISRO isn’t inadvertently profiting from it?
A new video is at times a worm’s eye view and at others the big picture of how ISRO pieced together a mission to Mars – narrated by three women who were a part of it all.
This time, it’s not one country against another as much as one enterprise against another, trying to capture the commercial value that space exploration brings along.
The year 2016 was a big one for ISRO. Here’s a look-back on the specifics.