“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.
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.
‘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.’
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.
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.
The PSLV C37 mission, scheduled for February 15, will deploy 104 satellites into a polar Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth.
We know India’s ineffective legislation protects the cheapness of labour – but how do we know ISRO isn’t inadvertently profiting from it?
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.
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.
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?
Over ten years, ISRO has had 34 launches, successfully sending up 121 satellites – 75 of them foreign.
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 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.
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 […]
The government aims to use space technologies for a variety of public services. To realise this, ISRO needs enough funds to meet the demand for space vehicles and launches, and invest in technological research.
On Wednesday, ISRO’s PSLV rocket will blast off from the first launch pad at Sriharikota with the six Singaporean satellites. All of them will be put into orbit about 21 minutes into the flight at an altitude of 550 km.
Delays in making the GSLV reliable offset the progress that the PSLV has made for ISRO in catching up with the global $300-billion satellite-launching industry