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.
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.
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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 […]
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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.