Category: ISRO

ISRO to launch world’s first rocket with 3 rovers to Moon in 2017

When ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-Xl (PSLV-X1) lifts off around December 28, 2017, with India's first private mission to the moon by Team Indus, it promises to be one for the history books. The reason? It is for the first time in the history of space exploration that a rocket will be flying three rovers.…

Countdown on: ISRO’s PSLV carrying earth observation satellite ready for launch

Indian space agency on Wednesday said the countdown for the launch of its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying 1,235 kg Resourcesat-2A, an earth observation satellite, is progressing smoothly. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), real time simulation checks and data transmission checks have been completed and the satellite has been switched on.…

ISRO successfully conduct test of Cryo CE 20 engine at Mahendragiri

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the test of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III’s indigenous cryogenic CE-20 engine at ISRO Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri in the district on Saturday. The CE-20 was ignited and tested for 25 seconds from 7.20 p.m. in the presence of A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, to…

What China’s space ambitions mean for India

Mumbai: China’s extraterrestrial ambitions are clearly lifting off, even threatening the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), according to a recent Bloomberg article. For instance, two Chinese astronauts—or taikonauts—are currently aboard an experimental space station called Tiangong-2. Also known as the Heavenly Palace, this is the second laboratory to be launched by the world’s…

Can India beat China at its game with common satellite for South Asia

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has ended months of dithering and announced the launch of a satellite that will be shared by several member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). As the needs of most South Asian countries is not substantial, India will be hoping that this satellite will encourage…

ISRO’s lander will soft-land on the Moon and deploy the Rover0o

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has begun conducting simulation tests for its second moon mission, Chandrayaan-II, at its facility in Challakere, about 200km from Bengaluru. "As of now, some landing tests have kicked off and the project is moving ahead," sources in Isro said. In a statement made in Ahmedabad, Isro chairman A S…

Meet ‘Indie’, a Made-In-India Lunar Rover headed to the Moon in 2017

To the moon and back is not just a phrase (or a song by Savage Garden) when it comes to Bengaluru based startup Team Indus. A concoction of young and experienced scientific minds, Team Indus is on a mission to the moon. The startup is vying for the coveted Google Lunar XPRIZE of $30 million…

Why is the Success of GSLV Mark III really important for India

On 6 October, India’s space scientists succeeded in the launching of GSAT-18 communication satellite from Kourou, French Guiana, located on the north-east of the South American continent. While success stories keep emanating from ISRO, space science enthusiasts have been wondering when India’s space agency will no longer need rockets of the European Space Agency to…

Mega launchers for ISRO soon

An advanced Indian mega space launcher that can deliver ten-tonne and heavier communication satellites to space and using a semi-cryogenic engine is likely to to power ISRO’s launchers by around 2018. That is the space agency’s next big space vehicle, having just achieved the GSLV for lifting 2,000-kg payloads. The agency is gearing up for…

ISRO to undertake the heaviest satelite launch at 3.2-tonne in December

Isro to undertake the heaviest launch in December with GSLV Mk-III rocket which will carry 3.2-tonne GSAT-19E communication satellite from Sathish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. While speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of Madras Institute of Technology Alumni Association in Chennai on Friday Isro Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said the GSLV Mk-III rocket’s flight…

ISRO Plans Scramjet Engine Test Atop Its Heaviest Sounding Rocket in July

Advanced Technology Vehicle – that’s the name of the ‘rocket’ that ISRO will be testing mid-July, in the second in the series of experiments the organisation is conducting en route to developing India’s first reusable launch vehicle (RLV). On May 23, ISRO tested a scaled-down prototype of the RLV, dubbed RLV-TD for ‘technology demonstrator’. It…

US spying on Pakistan using Indian Satellites :: Pak Media

Former interior minister and Chairman Senate’s Committee on Interior Senator Abdul Rehman Malik Tuesday has expressed grave concerns over the statement of Pentagon that the United States is planning to use Indian satellite in war-torn Afghanistan. “The Indian Satellite spectrum will be covering the Pakistan region and will put our security at danger as India…

US House committee seeks details on launch of American satellites on Indian Rockets

A House committee is asking several Obama administration officials new questions about policies regarding the launch of U.S.-built satellites on Indian vehicles. The questions, in letters issued July 6 by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science Committee, and Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), chairman of its space subcommittee, come after the launch of…

Isro is working on an Air-Breathing Propulsion System

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will be testing an air-breathing propulsion system this month which will allow rockets to use atmospheric oxygen for fuel, reducing costs and fuel weight in the future. The technology is an important step towards developing reusable launch vehicles. “Basically, of the total launch vehicle mass, 86% is propellant mass…

US should reassess its restriction on India’s satellite launch vehicle

With the recent launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully placed into orbit 17 US commercial small satellites, one of them belonging to Google. Later this year, it will launch another two. Given the low-cost launch requirements of US small satellite companies, the absence of a relevant launch vehicle in the domestic market and…