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.
Using a scramjet engine will allow a launch vehicle to carry a heavier payload into orbit – which in turn will make each launch more economical and allow ISRO to assert itself as being low-cost.
Proxima b’s existence hasn’t been confirmed yet – but if it exists, astronomers could have a potentially habitable exoplanet to explore with probes in the near future.
Earthrise was captured by the Lunar Orbiter 1 mission, which NASA had launched in 1966 to help find a landing spot for the first moon-landing in 1969.
The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale, or QUESS, satellite will help China establish ‘hack-proof’ communications between space and the ground.
The next Mars mission will likely be launched in March 2018, have a less elliptical orbit around the red planet and could weigh seven times more than the first mission.
The CBI has registered a case and submitted an FIR against K. R. Sridhara Murthi, who was then the executive director of Antrix, M. G. Chandrasekhar and R. Vishwanathan of Forge Advisors, Devas Multi-media Private Limited and unnamed officials of Antrix, ISRO and the department of space in a designated court in Bengaluru.
The final decision to turn comms off was based on figuring out how much power Rosetta would need to keep attempting communications with Philae.
A.k.a. the story of how the highest-resolution image ever of a star outside of our Solar System was obtained.
If the Antrix-Devas deal was a massive scandal, why are international arbitrations ruling against the Indian government for having cancelled it?
A new date has not been finalised for the scramjet engine test after ISRO decided the search took precedence over the experimental mission.
The PCA tribunal decision states that by denying the commercial use of S-band spectrum, the government has expropriated the investments of Devas’s foreign shareholders, thus making it liable to pay financial compensation.
The scramjet engine will eventually power the first indigenous reusable launch vehicle, expected to be ready by 2030, alongside five semi-cryogenic engines.
The discovery of RR245 should not come as a surprise at all. Astronomers guess that the Kuiper Belt is populated by hundreds of such bodies just waiting to be discovered.
This comes after India’s recent entry into the MTCR with questions being raised in the US about the policy governing access to Indian launch services.
In a reddit AMA, scientists said that studying the abundance of water on Jupiter would tell us more about how Earth formed – and answered a bunch of other questions.
This is the second dedicated mission to be sent to Jupiter, and will run for 20 months before the instruments are severely damaged by radiation.
With this capability, ISRO now stands to be able to reduce its launch costs further as well as launch more satellites faster.
A new series of posters from NASA exhorts people to be explorers and, some day, join the space agency on a journey to Mars.
ISRO successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket on its 36th mission, designated C34, from the spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. At launch, it was in its XL configuration, which means there were four strap-on boosters attached to the solid-fuel first stage to increase its payload capacity. It carried a […]
A series exploring the natural history of Earth, beginning with the formation of our Solar System, moving on through asteroid impacts and mass extinctions, and ending with the human impact on the environment.
The most pressing questions about the gas giant have to do with its origin, interior, atmosphere and magnetosphere. These are exactly what Juno intends to study.
The news of its success is heartening as it paves the way for ESA’s ambition to set up a full scale gravitational-wave observatory in space.
The Indian members of the scientific collaboration were instrumental in inferring the mass and spin of the combined black hole despite the gravitational-wave signal being weak.
There might be a giant gas cloud about 400 lightyears away, and how it might have been formed has lots to say about our immediate stellar neighbourhood.
We’ve been able to find that the universe is expanding faster than we thought. The LHC has produced the most data on one day. Good news, right?
Kriti Faujdar finds ISRO a supportive place to work at for a woman – yet can’t help but notice that there are not many of them.
The results are a first step in establishing the properties of comet clouds around Sun-like stars just after the time of their birth.
A new study has significant implications for theories about the production of the simple molecules required for life – on Earth and beyond.
ISRO did next to nothing to publicise the HEX1 experiment on May 23. There were no updates on Twitter or Facebook, no coverage on state-run channels, and no mission details were available on the ISRO website.
ISRO will have to take a call about whether it still thinks of itself as vulnerable to getting “priced out” of the world market for commercial satellite launches or is now mature enough to play hardball with the US.
A study of the older Kepler-223 system offers clues into how Kepler-223’s planets stayed in resonance for so long, and takes us a step forward in understanding the role giant planets played in the formation of our system.
ISRO’s immediate priorities are to make its own launch vehicles more reliable, increase the payload they are able to carry and reduce the cost of their manufacturing.
The solution is to do the hard work of formulating the right principles, at the right level of generality, before circumstances render moral debate irrelevant.
Scientists announced the largest single finding of planets to date, using a new analysis technique that applied statistical models to confirm the batch as planets, while ruling out scenarios that could falsely appear to be orbiting planets.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.: Tiny Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet, sailed across the face of the sun on Monday, a celestial dance that occurs about once every decade as Earth and its smaller neighbouring planet align in space. The journey, which astronomers refer to as a “transit,” began […]
In every century there are only 13 or 14 transits of Mercury and you have to be on the right part of the globe if you want to watch a particular transit from beginning to end, which usually lasts for several hours.
The Earth-sized planets are orbiting their parent star, located in the constellation Aquarius relatively close to Earth at 40 light years away, at a distance that provides the right amount of heat for there to be liquid water on their surface, a condition scientists believe may be critical for fostering life.
The next decade will see a remarkable mix of countries and companies getting involved. Plans include taking humans from low-Earth orbit back to the moon and even an asteroid in the 2020s.
The satellite’s marks the third failure for JAXA in launching space-borne instruments.