Advanced Weather Satellite INSAT-3D Launched Successfully


India's advanced meteorological satellite INSAT-3D was successfully launched by an European rocket from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana on July 26. INSAT-3D is based on ISRO’s two Tonne Class platform (I-2K bus) employing light-weight structural elements like Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). The satellite has a solar panel generating 1164 … [Read more...]

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India’s First Navigation Satellite Launched


ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C22, successfully launched IRNSS-1A, the first satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), on July 1 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This is the twenty third consecutively successful mission of PSLV. The ‘XL’ configuration of PSLV was used for the mission. Previously, … [Read more...]

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Space Commerce In India

Mars Mission

Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of Department of Space, has undertaken a number of initiatives for global marketing of space products and services. Antrix has continued to expand its market base and there has been an increase in revenues during the year. PSLV, in its 22nd flight (PSLV-C21), successfully launched French satellite SPOT- 6 and … [Read more...]

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India, US Agree For Cooperation In Space Mission


  India and the US have agreed to cooperate on future missions to the Moon and Mars after successful collaboration in Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission. Under this agreement, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) will discuss planetary science and Heliophysics to identify areas of potential … [Read more...]

ISRO Designing GISAT


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is designing a GEO Imaging Satellite (GISAT). GISAT will carry a GEO Imager with multi-spectral (visible, near infra-red and thermal), multi-resolution (50m to 1.5 km) imaging instruments. GISAT will be placed in geostationary orbit of 36,000 km. The remote sensing satellites launched by ISRO revisit the same area … [Read more...]

India, Egypt Sign Seven Key Pacts


  India and Egypt on March 19 signed seven key pacts in the areas of cyber security,Information technology, services, electronics, small and medium enterprises, manufacturing,fertilisers, and renewable energy. The agreements were signed following delegation level talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the visiting Egyptian President Mohamed … [Read more...]

PSLV-C20/SARAL Mission: India’s French “Space” Connection


Highlights This was the 23rd mission of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), an indigenous rocket developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) The launch was done in core alone mission as in the ‘core-alone’ mode it can deliver less than a one ton payload in a sun-synchronous polar orbit and with some additional modifications in … [Read more...]

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PSLV C 20 Launched Successfully


  The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C 20), carrying seven satellites, was launched successfully on February 25. SARAL, one of the satellites launched by PSLV C-20, was built by India and France and is the first of its kind under Indian Mini satellite bus series 2 configured for 400 kg satellites. It will be useful for operational as well as … [Read more...]

India To Go Solo On Second Lunar Mission


  India has decided on its second journey to the moon“Chandrayaan-2”without Russian participation. The tentative date for lift-off is 2015 from ISRO’s  Sriharikota facility. The original mission envisaged the nearly Rs 425-crore Chandrayaan-2 having an indigenous rocket and a rover with a Russian lander. But the Russian lander is being … [Read more...]

ISRO Announces Mangalyaan Mission

Mission Mars

The first model of ISRO’s Mangalyaan was unveiled at the Indian Science Congress in Kolkata on January 6. The Rs 450-crore mission will be launched from Sriharikota using the workhorse rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The spacecraft, with a 1350 kg lift-off mass, will have a single solar array with three panels of 1400 x 1800 mm … [Read more...]

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