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.
It will be the first time in history that a rocket, ISRO’s PSLV, will be launching two rovers to the Moon in a single mission.
The recently broadcast TV mini-series, ‘Mars’, combines fiction and nonfiction in a way that places them in balance. This kind of combination is likely to feature in more television series and films.
The instrument samples methane, carbon dioxide and atmospheric properties in a way that doesn’t allow for the methane data alone to be extracted.
Data sent by RESOURCESAT-2A would be useful for agricultural applications like crop area and crop production estimation, drought monitoring, soil mapping, cropping system analysis and farm advisories generation.
The 44.4 metre tall PSLV C36 is expected to place the 1,235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A into an 827 km polar sun synchronous orbit in about 18 minutes after lift off.
‘Arrival’ takes advantage of a conflict between the past and the future to reveal how language can change the way we understand our purpose.
TeamIndus was founded in 2010 to become the first private entity from India to put a rover on the moon by 2017. How is it faring?
Narendra Modi, during the SAARC summit in Nepal in November 2014, had announced launching of a SAARC satellite as a gift for the benefit of members of the regional grouping in various fields, including telecommunication and telemedicine.
Scientists using the GRAPES-3 telescope, which detects and studies cosmic rays coming from space, think they have a new way to anticipate and prepare for geomagnetic storms.
ISRO scientists have separately claimed that data from a CartoSat satellite was used to assist with the surgical strikes and that they invented the lightest material ever. Why were these claims made?
“GMRT is a world-class instrument, recently upgraded with new receivers, and was able to detect the very faint signal” coming from the ultimately doomed Schiaparelli EDM lander near Mars.
The delay in the South Asian satellite also comes at a time when SAARC’s annual summit in Islamabad has been called off following escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.
A new telescope aims to find out what became of the universe’s original atoms once the first stars began to shine.
This mission will be followed in 2020 by a rover on the red planet, joining NASA’s Curiosity and Opportunity in assessing if Mars possesses, or possessed, any life at all.
Astronomers hope to find the mystery behind the source of a strange signal and probe the possibility of an extraterrestrial form of life.
Asgardia is calling for unrestricted research but history has given us many examples where this has resulted in unacceptable consequences.
ISRO’s latest communication satellite is now scheduled to be launched early tomorrow morning.
Follow along as the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft descends on to the surface of the comet 67P.
Over ten years, ISRO has had 34 launches, successfully sending up 121 satellites – 75 of them foreign.
Musk estimated that between 20 and 50 trips to Mars would be necessary to set up the first full-fledged colony. This would take 40-100 years.
India’s goal should be to create more ISRO-like, R&D-driven organisations in other areas that develop important strategic and commercial products.
Besides SCATSAT-1, ISRO’s 44.4m tall PSLV rocket is carrying two Indian university satellites, three from Algeria and one each from US and Canada.
The largest satellite onboard is the ScatSat-1. It will better India’s ability to forecast cyclones – but five years on, it could also become a piece of space-junk threatening other satellites.
People who have been following Tiangong-1’s progress have said that China had lost control of it after some kind of failure onboard. China hasn’t been clear with what the failure was.
If the Pakistani government can make the import of telescopes and related accessories relatively pain-free, a whole new generation of astronomy enthusiasts will crop up in the country.
Guillem Anglada-Escudé, an astronomer at Queen Mary University of London and leader of the team that made the discovery, says Proxima b is “an ideal target” to look for life on.
“Our intent is to launch two-three GSLV-MkII missions every year in the coming years,” ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told reporters at Sriharikota.
Scientists believe asteroids and comets crashing into early Earth delivered water and organic compounds that seeded the planet for life.
The event marks the first time an indigenous cryogenic engine was used on an operational GSLV flight – but that’s not all.
The ambitious seven-year mission will visit the asteroid Bennu and bring back samples scientists think might contain the building blocks of life.
The thousands of signals that should soon be observed by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo experiments will transform our understanding of black holes, neutron stars, supernova explosions and perhaps even the origin and fate of the cosmos itself.
There has been much speculation about what the source of mysterious radiation that appears to come from star HD 164595 could be, including the possibility that it is a beacon signal from an advanced alien civilisation.
The Falcon 9 has seven other missions this year, excluding the ones for AMOS 6 and NASA, and at least three of which have time-bound expectations riding on them.
It is not clear yet if anyone is hurt. A NASA spokesperson said that he did not know if the agency was involved.
Each orbit will expose its instruments to a radiation dose equivalent to 100 million dental X-rays, so the probe isn’t expected to live longer than planned.
The scramjet engine, used only during the atmospheric phase of the rocket’s flight, will help in bringing down the launch cost by reducing the amount of oxidiser to be carried along with the fuel.