It’s sweet to get results that surprise scientists, sweeter when local researchers are involved – and even sweeter to be reminded we haven’t been entirely left behind in non-theoretical particle physics research.
Recently, the space agency set up an outreach centre in Hyderabad for entrepreneurs, which has access to all the raw data from ISRO and computational facilities.
Existing communications systems are not hack-proof.
“As per our current estimates whatever remains of the structure – [fairing], satellite and the rocket’s fourth stage – will fall into the sea.”
A.S. Kiran Kumar, ISRO chief, said the mission was unsuccessful because the satellite housed within the heat sink could not be injected.
It is high time the government realises that all good researchers should be treated equal, that they don’t deserve to become embedded in a rather illogical hierarchical setup.
Rao succeeded Satish Dhawan and helped ISRO work more systematically, in the process leading a series of significant projects like the INSAT 2 and PSLV.
Twenty-nine of the 30 nanosatellites on the PSLV C38 mission belonged to clients from 14 different nations.
According to a US space expert, India which recently launched a record 104 satellites in one go, would continue to do so and “saturate” the orbits.
From 1970 to 2017, decisions by the government’s mapping agency have resulted in it not only missing the geospatial bus, but also the tonga and bullock cart.
The Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite, acronymised to NISAR, will use a dual-frequency radar for the first time to monitor resource-use and environmental hazards on the ground.
Of the 31 communication satellites produced by ISRO, 19 have been launched on Ariane rockets, 10 on the GSLV, one on the PSLV and, earlier this month, one on the GSLV Mk III.
GRASP will be important to design better electronics, to understand the tradeoffs of electric propulsion and to ensure the GSAT 20 satellite mission goes off as planned.
ISRO’s PSLV-38 was launched carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite – a dedicated satellite for the defence forces – along with 30 nano satellites.
‘When the countdown sequence hit T-minus-zero and the vehicle lifted off, it was as though the Sun had bounded over the horizon and stopped right in front of our eyes.’
We all had richly imagined ‘space’ phases as children – but only through Western toys, films and the chronology of NASA’s success, and the occasional book from the Soviet Union.
The chairman of ISRO said that they had successfully tested the electric propulsion system and would continue to use it to send large satellites into space.
The D1 mission has injected the GSAT-19 communications satellite into a geostationary orbit. It carries Ka-/Ku-band transponders, an indigenous lithium-ion battery and the GRASP instrument.
It is not often that a single rocket inspires conversations across history, politics, astronomy, engineering, communications and business at once.
Even though the US blocked the transfer of cryogenic technology to India towards the end of the Cold War, ISRO has much to gain today from working closely with the West and with NASA.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged the satellite as a ‘gift’ to increase regional cooperation outside the SAARC framework using India’s status as a space power.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged the South Asia Satellite as a ‘gift’ to increase regional cooperation outside the SAARC framework using India’s status as a space power.
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Multiple news outlets had quoted Sivathanu Pillai’s statements out of context. The last thing science reporting needs is fake news.
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.
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?
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.
In the third episode, Vinod Dua talks about ISRO’s recent achievement and the ‘remonetise India’ drive.
The PSLV C37 mission, scheduled for February 15, will deploy 104 satellites into a polar Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The instrument samples methane, carbon dioxide and atmospheric properties in a way that doesn’t allow for the methane data alone to be extracted.