“As per our current estimates whatever remains of the structure – [fairing], satellite and the rocket’s fourth stage – will fall into the sea.”
A spare satellite, IRNSS 1I, was expected to launch in November 2017, followed by two more spares next year. How the failure of C39 will impact this schedule is not known.
A.S. Kiran Kumar, ISRO chief, said the mission was unsuccessful because the satellite housed within the heat sink could not be injected.
ISRO’s PSLV-38 was launched carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite – a dedicated satellite for the defence forces – along with 30 nano satellites.
During 2016, ISRO signed cooperative agreements with the French, Emirati, Japanese, American, Vietnamese, Afghan and Russian space agencies, and the US Geological Survey.
The year 2016 was a big one for ISRO. Here’s a look-back on the specifics.
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.
ISRO’s latest communication satellite is now scheduled to be launched early tomorrow morning.
Over ten years, ISRO has had 34 launches, successfully sending up 121 satellites – 75 of them foreign.
According to officials, if everything goes well, the launch may take place in another six to seven months and “the satellites will be nano in nature from foreign countries.”
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.
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 scramjet engine will eventually power the first indigenous reusable launch vehicle, expected to be ready by 2030, alongside five semi-cryogenic engines.
With this capability, ISRO now stands to be able to reduce its launch costs further as well as launch more satellites faster.
O.P. Singh, the director general of the NDRF, speaks to The Wire about the enhanced training and communication tools the force will rely on to reduce fatalities during floods this year.
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.
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.
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.
In an interview with The Wire, the Rajya Sabha MP talks on issues of data sovereignty and digital patriotism, and says that the government is receptive to feedback.
It would be tough for them to compete against ISRO’s low-cost options, which they’ve also alleged are subsidised by the Indian government.
One hopes that the needs of the future and the spirit of adventure will drive Indian space policy as opposed to – in the words of V from ‘V for Vendetta’ – the security of the familiar and the tranquillity of repetition.