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.
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.