ISRO Creates History Again, Successfully Launches Baahubali- GSAT-19

ISRO scientists did India proud once again by successfully launching G-SAT satellite , nicknamed Baahubali, creating yet another history.
ISRO Creates History Again, Successfully Launches Baahubali- GSAT-19

Sriharikota: Creating history once again, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its heaviest and biggest vehicle GSLV Mark III D carrying GSAT-19 communication satellite exactly at 5.28 pm on Monday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Exactly 16 minutes later, at 5.44pm, the GSAT-19 Sattelite successfully separated from the launch vehicle.

The proud ISRO chief Kiran Kumar, congratulated the entire team which worked on this project.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukharjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists for their achievement.

The 640 ton rocket nicknamed as Baahubali and fat boy, is a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, is powered by all new indigenous cryogenic engine. The project was started by ISRO one and half decades ago, with an expenditure of ₹ 300 crore .

With the success of this mission, the organization came a step closer to ferry Indian astronauts into space.

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GSAT-9 Takes Off Successfully From Sriharikota

This is the first time such an attempt was made to exercise neighbourhood diplomacy with the help of a satellite.

Sriharikota: Carrying the gift presented by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the six South Asian neighbours, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV took off at 4.57 pm on Friday from Sriharikota, carrying a 450 crore communications satellite.

“I congratulate the team of scientists who worked hard for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite. We are very proud of them,” PM Modi tweeted, announcing that leaders of the beneficiary countries will join him in a videoconference in a short while to celebrate the launch.

This is the first time such an attempt was made to exercise neighbourhood diplomacy with the help of a satellite.  It caters to the requirement of India’s neighbours, which don’t have a big presence in space.

As one of the top-most space powers, India is providing the countries the access to transponders on the satellite, free of charge.  Such transponders are available commercially and ISRO leased out transponder space to several private and foreign organisations earlier.

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Media Not Invited To Launch Of Prestigious GSLV-F09/ GSAT-9 Mission

Security threat suspected, not confirmed. CRPF and Police personnel deployed.
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Nellore: The launch of GSLV-F09/GSAT-9 Mission on Friday evening at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Shar, Sriharikota will not get any live coverage.  Probably for the first time in its history that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has not invited the press to cover the launch of the satellite. Even the government-owned Doordarshan is not likely to give a live telecast of the event, though it will record the launch.

However, a parliamentary committee will witness the launch from Shar, revealed the sources.

The 28-hour countdown that had begun at 12.57 pm on Thursday is progressing without any hitches and the launch is scheduled at 4.57 pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, the reason for not allowing the media coverage is still unknown. The tight-lipped officials would neither confirm nor deny the speculations of a security threat that no one is allowed.

Central Industrial Security Force and Police Personnel were deployed in large numbers fortifying the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and its surrounding.

The Satellite will put a communication satellite equipped with transponders exclusively meant for use by South Asian countries, except Pakistan. The satellite is meant for providing communication, disaster support and connectivity among the countries of South Asia region, is to be launched on board the space agency’s rocket GSLV-F09.

According to the sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the chairman of ISRO through video conference soon after the launch, later he will also speak to heads of SAARC nations, explaining the benefits of the satellite.

A senior official in Shar who claimed that he is not aware of the reasons for restricting media said that Doordarshan may telecast selected footage pertaining to launch and the PMs address after his video conference.

ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar who reviewed the preparations for the launch also inspected the launch pad and progress with the scientists of GSLV-MK III integration.

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  1. June 22, 2017

    […] and one Indian) with Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is currently underway at the SHAR in Sriharikota. The launch will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 9:28 […]

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South Asian Communication Satellite To Take Off On Friday

A SAARC satellite that will be dedicated to neighbouring countries as India’s gift.

New Delhi: The South Asia Communication Satellite GSAT-9, the project in which seven SAARC countries have taken part, will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Friday.

The communication satellite is a priceless gift from India, ISRO Chairman AS Kiran said. Pakistan has opted out of the project claiming that it has its own space programme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in 2014, asked ISRO scientists to develop a SAARC satellite that can be dedicated to neighbouring countries as India’s gift.

Modi also announced the same in his Mann Ki Baat programme last Sunday. He said that the South Asia Satellite would be “India’s priceless gift to neighbours.”

The satellite meant for providing communication, disaster support and connectivity among the countries of South Asian region, will be launched on board with space agency’s rocket GSLV-F09.

The Satellite has cost around Rs. 235 crores, and it would serve neighbouring countries through 12 Ku-band transponders it carries. The mission life is approximately 12 years.

The Satellite has the capability to provide the partner countries with DTH and VSAT capacity along with linking the states for disaster information transfer.

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AP to launch water harvesting action plan from April 15 with cooperation of ISRO

A team of ten officials including scientists and geologists worked for the past six months and identified the areas for the construction of check dams to increase ground water level.

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to take up rain harvesting measures in a big way with the cooperation of ISRO and prepared an action plan to construct twenty thousand check dams from April 15 to July 15 to meet both the drinking water and to provide life saving irrigation in drought prone areas. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took initiative for the project and scheduled to launch the programme in Rayalaseema region.

A team of ten officials including scientists and geologists worked for the past six months and identified the areas for the construction of check dams to increase ground water level.

Giving details of the programme Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao here today said that besides construction of check dams all the existing villages’ tanks will be repaired. He said several lift irrigation schemes were also revived to meet the drinking water needs during the summer season.

The minister said that the state government launched an app for the benefit of farmers to know the weather conditions for the coming one week and ground water position in their fields. He said the app AP Varuna will help to furnish the details of temperature, humidity and ground water levels of any region in the state.

AP Space applications centre scientist KV Ramana said that experts team working on the water harvesting project conducted studies in all the regions for the past six months and identified the areas where the check dams should be constructed.  He said several factors were taken into consideration to identify the place including as rocky areas are not suitable for water harvesting. He said farmers should given priority to farm ponds to protect their crops during drought conditions by providing life saving irrigation source.  He said small farmers will benefit in a big way with the construction of check dams and water harvesting measures. He said the programme would help for soil conservation also.

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Why are we obsessed with politics?


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Madhusudhana Rao S

On the day India scaled new heights in space with the launch of 104 satellites in one shot, on February 15, the accomplishment was rivaled or even dwarfed by the ongoing political drama in Tamil Nadu. For media persons, whether they are in print journalism or on digital platforms, including the TV, both events were top stories – with a difference. While ISRO’s mission was over in a matter of one hour, the dramatic political developments in Tamil Nadu continued for another 24 hours until the Governor invited Edappadi K Palaniswami, the tainted chief minister aspirant Sasikala’s proxy, to form the government.

So, which story should take precedence over the other? On such occasions, newspapers, generally, won’t have any problem in giving equal importance to both by devoting a quarter of the top half page to each news item. But the problem arises with TV channels and online media which have to keep updating by the minute for ratings and hits. In the morning news bulletins, while ISRO hogged the limelight, by sundown, it was Tamil Nadu all the way and by nightfall, all the TV channels were showing Sasikala’s mysterious prayer at Jayalalithaa’s grave at Marina Beach and her inexplicable action of smack-banging  her mentor’s final resting place with her palm.

No doubt, Tamil Nadu developments, in real time, have been dramatic in the last three-four months and as captivating as a Tamil soap. But should they seize all of our time and space in newspapers? To put it the other way, should regional political skullduggery become the staple of our 24X7 news channels all the time? In fact, news bulletins in every language are pronouncedly political and the raucous debates that follow are either convoluted or coloured opinions. How ISRO and Tamil Nadu were featured, projected and discussed in the media in general and on the TV in particular on February 15 illustrate this point.

On the day the world applauded India’s space feat — constant critic China said ‘this is perhaps the first widely followed world record India has made in the field of space technology and gives food for thought to others’ – most of our TV channels were debating who would be the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu and Sasikala’s bed and breakfast in Bangalore jail. A few anchors had gone to the extent of describing how much quantity of food would be given to her and at what time and her nature of work during incarceration. To boot, they had legal and civilian opinions about her filing a review petition in the apex court and how successfully she can run Tamil Nadu through her nominated successor sitting in prison.

Though none has any doubt about it – we have many precedents – the whole scenario is bizarre. The Supreme Court has upheld the verdict of lower court which found Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and others guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to the known sources of income. That means the culprits have to serve the jail sentences and pay the fines imposed by the apex court. If everyone is equal before the law, why should Sasikala be given a privileged treatment? There is no rational explanation.

We are adept at adopting double standard and it applies much more to political classes and their cohorts. Over the years, corrupt practices have been perfected at different levels and evolved into various manifestations. So, when a political heavyweight or an ambitious power-hungry person loses the prospect of occupying a seat of power, it will have a cascading effect on others surrounding the person. In such a situation, it is difficult to accept the harsh reality.

In Sasikala’s case, although power ambitions and corruption charges are inextricably linked, making a virtue of both is hypocrisy. Still, the debaters with the blessings of TV channels, love to rant and pontificate about turncoats, defectors, political horse-traders, etc, all in the name of democracy. Or, is it in the name of Amma’s legacy or her voice?

The 24X7 emphasis on politics is a reflection of our obsession with politics and their players of every hue. The result is developments in other fields are relegated to backburner or noted for record sake or summarily dismissed as irrelevant and unimportant.  

When we look at ISRO’s achievement, it was given, of course, due importance. But, how many TV channels, particularly regional, had explained its importance and relevance to the viewers? For that matter, why are we marching ahead in space, not on the ground? Ironically, India is a Third World country in all human development indices and the country’s rankings in some key areas are well below those of least developed countries whereas in space sciences and research India is among the top five in the world.

The dichotomy is appalling. Why and where are we going wrong? Can’t the mass media do its bit to educate the people on socio-economic developments, our own scientific progress and other  such issues instead of running hours of silly political debates?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It is secular media gives preference to this type of regional political news instead national pride news. Yesterday at 1pm I saw three telugu TV channels one Tv9 & Ntv both they gave at their prime time news first preference to sasikala surrendering the least preference to PSLV ‘s achievement news. but ETV they gave first news PSLV achievement news & last preference news was sasikala’s.

    • Anonymous says:

      Excellent article Madhusudhan Garu, when will our media learn about giving preference to society rather than running back of political leaders.

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Another soaring success for ISRO

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Madhusudhana Rao S

If India’s space successes have become legendary, Wednesday’s flawless launch of 104 satellites and placing them in different orbits in one go is a quantum leap in our ambitious programme to conquer outer space and reach new frontiers in science and technology.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)’s feat is commendable for two reasons: One, its achievement is a world record; and two, no country in the world has ever attempted such an audacious venture. Moreover, Indian scientists were able to master the complex nature of the mission with minimum cost and high precision which included releasing all the 104 satellites from their respective bays with precise maneuvers.

Of the 104 satellites, varying in size, weight and payload, 101 were foreign. Another significance of the mission was two of the satellites that went up in the sky belonged, one each, to the United Arab Emirates and Israel. In a way, it has symbolic significance that the traditional Arab-Israeli rivalry hardly matters in the quest for knowledge and the differences could always be resolved with a little understanding and compromise. Thus, the ISRO’s record launch could pave way for international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space. 

The satellites were carried on ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 in a single payload. The main satellite was Cartosat-2 and the rest were known as co-passengers, together weighing over 650kg. Of 101 nano satellites, 96 were from the US and one each from Switzerland, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Israel and the UAE.

India got a boost for its space missions when ISRO injected an indigenously built spacecraft into the Martian orbit, millions of km away from Earth, flawlessly, and in the first shot, on September 24, 2014. That was a feat no other country in the world has done so far. The successful entry of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) into the Red Planet’s outer space on that day (Wednesday!) was truly a giant step for the country’s space programme.

Despite ISRO’s spectacular successes, the space agency is handicapped for want of a more powerful launch vehicle that can put heavy communication satellites weighing over 2,000 kg into geosynchronous orbit. While PSLVs carry light and nano satellites into lower orbit, ISRO requires a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) on which work has been going on to perfect it with cryogenic engines. Unless ISRO perfects GSLV, India can’t compete with biggies like Europe, Russia, China and the US in launching heavy satellites and claim a slice of global telecom business worth billions of dollars. Nevertheless, ISRO tested GSLV-D5 in January 2014 and another GSLV-MarkII in September 2015. Before it soars into sky with heavy payloads, more test launches need to be done to make it ISRO’s new workhorse, according to experts.

Though we have a long way to go to give international clients a low-cost option to launch weather/communication satellites, the successes we have achieved so far bodes well for ISRO’s future. When we look at the way the space research programme has been developing over the years – from a humble beginning to joining the Space Club, that too tapping our indigenous resources and young talent, we should be proud of India’s achievements that are no less than any other country in that field.

When India embarked upon space research over four decades ago with the launch of a sounding rocket in Thumba, Kerala, we were the butt of ridicule in global media for trying to reach the sky carrying a rocket on a bullock cart. Undaunted and with limited resources, our armies of young scientists and engineers have pushed the country into space age, yes, from the age of bullock carts.

Our soaring successes in launching satellites, not only indigenous ones but also clusters of foreign satellites, for both civilian and military use, have put the country in the forefront of space research. We reached the skies much before the world had realized India’s growing potential in outer space and soon we reached the Moon with the Chandrayaan-1 in 2008-09.

Despite scoring well in space launches, criticism abounds: Can the country afford space research at the cost of development? When even more advanced countries like the US have mothballed some of their ambitious inter-planetary probes, why should India embark on lunar and Mars missions and do they anyway help the common man? But what the critics conveniently forget is the spin-off benefits of such research that help us crack the mysteries of Nature and life.

While we applaud our scientific community’s accomplishments in outer space, we wish to see such achievements on the ground as well. Then we need not look into empty space and clap.

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KCR hails ISRO achievement

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has hailed ISRO scientists for the successful launch of PSLV C-37.  In an official communiqué here, KCR stated that ISRO has set a world record by launching simultaneously 104 satellites into the orbit. He also said that Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has demonstrated to the world the Indian capabilities in the space technology.

The Chief Minister noted that it is a proud moment for the country and its space scientists for successfully launching 104 satellites into the space at one go. He exuded confidence that the ISRO would continue to succeed in its future endeavors by making such experiments in science and technology for the development of mankind. KCR extended congratulations to the ISRO team of scientists for the success. NSS

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ISRO to make India proud

Vijayawada: ISRO on Feb 15th using PSLV satellite will put on 104 satellittes in space which will be a world record which is going to make country proud. This is of a single mission and until now no other country tried crossing century. Previous record was held by Russia with 37.

It is a significant development as it unites rivals Arab and Israel for the first time which will set an inevitable benchmark for other nations. 23% hike in this year’s budget by Central Government for Space and Technology will start Mission to Venus which will be slated for 2021-2022 which involve Robot (rover) on the surface of Venus.

Out of 104 satellites, 3 are from India and 101 are from different countries. K. Kasthuri Rangan, former ISRO Chairman said exploring Venus and Mars are worthwhile. South Asian region will be monitored by cartorat-2 series satellite with a resolution of less than one meter. San Francisco based company will be sending 88 satellites which they call as DOVES. All 101 satellites will be released into space with less than 600 seconds. It is 39th launch by PSLV.

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GSAT-18 up in space

New Delhi: India’s latest communication satellite, GSAT-18 was successfully launched on board Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou in French Guiana on Thursday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-18 is the latest communication satellite with 48 transponders to provide Services in Normal C-band, Upper Extended C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum. Initially, it was scheduled for launch on Wednesday but delayed due to heavy cross winds.

ISRO-built GSAT-18, weighing 3,404 kg at lift-off, aims at providing telecommunication services for the country by strengthening ISRO’s current fleet of 14 operational telecommunication satellites.

GSAT-18 is the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by the European Space Agency and the mission is the 280th for Arianespace launcher family.

ISRO depends on Ariane-5 rocket for carrying its heavier satellites and is developing GSLV MK III for this purpose.

The designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-18 is about 15 years.

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Cartosat images used for strikes

Chennai: Indian Army has utilized Cartosat series satellite images to pinpoint terrorist launch pads for surgical strikes. The officials said the Cartosat series of satellites (Cartosat-2, 2A, 2B and 2C) were being used for strategic purposes and more so the Cartosat 2C whose images have better resolution.

As various news reports suggest that while the earth observation satellites are managed by ISRO, the use of satellite’s payload/equipments dedicated for strategic use is decided by the defence forces. Further sources say that Cartosat 2D and 3 will also be used by the armed forces.

While ISRO sources were tight-lipped about the use of these satellites, it did agree that images are sourced to various agencies including defence forces.

Indian Navy has got its own communication satellite called GSAT-7/Rukmini. Communication satellites are important because it provides hearing power for defence forces. Indian Air Force is likely to get its first communication satellite in near future.

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ISRO’s longest ever launch successful

Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) has successfully positioned advanced weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and other seven satellites into the orbits in its longest ever launch mission, which lasted over two hours and fifteen minutes.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV-C35) carrying eight satellites launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Monday morning at 9:12 AM.

This is the first time that satellites were placed in two different orbits with a single rocket. After launch in 17 minutes SCATSAT-1 was placed in the polar synchronous orbit at an altitude of 670km.

SCATSAT-1, weighing 371 kg for weather related studies including cyclone detection and tracking, will succeed the now defunct Oceansat-2 satellite launched in 2009. ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar siad SCATSAT-1 would be a stop gap arrangement between Oceansat-1 and Oceansat-2.

Immediately after SCATSAT-1 injection, seven co-passenger satellites were placed into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit at an altitude of 689 km. Co-passenger satellites are ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B, ALSAT-1N from Algeria, NLS-19 from Canada and Pathfinder-1 from USA as well as two satellites PRATHAM from IIT Bombay and PISAT from PES University, Bengaluru.

Mission Director B Jayakumar said, “The mission had many complexities in planning.  PSLV now has the flexibility to suit customer demands.”

Placing satellites in different orbts will also facilitate launching more such commercial satellites in the future.

Earlier, for launching satellites into different orbits, ISRO had to build separate rockets. Each separate PSLV would cost around 120 crore on an average. Now with one rocket ISRO can launch several satellites and place them in different orbits, thus saving costs.

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ఇస్రో ప్రయోగం అదిరింది

  • ఒకే రాకెట్ నుంచి రెండు కక్ష్యల్లోకి ఉపగ్రహాలు
  • వాణిజ్య పరంగానూ లాభాలు తేగల సామర్థ్యం
  • మరో కీలక ప్రయోగం త్వరలోనే

శ్రీహరికోట: భారత అంతరిక్ష పరిశోధనా సంస్థ(ఇస్రో) ఈరోజు మరోసారి చరిత్ర సృష్టించింది. ఒకే రాకెట్ నుంచి ఎనిమిది ఉపగ్రహాలను రెండు వేర్వేరు కక్ష్యలలోకి ప్రవేశపెట్టింది. ప్రధాని నరేంద్ర మోడీ ఈ జటిలమైన ప్రక్రియలో నూరు శాతం విజయం సాధించిన ఇస్రో ను అభినందిస్తూ ట్వీట్ చేశారు.

ఈ ప్రయోగానికి 2గంటల 15 నిమిషాలు పట్టింది. ఇస్రో ప్రయోగాలలో ఎక్కువ సమయం తీసుకున్నది ఇదే. ఇది వాణిజ్యపరంగా కూడా లాభాలు తెచ్చిపెట్టగల ప్రయోగం.

ఈ ప్రయోగంలో 37 వ పొలార్ శాటిలైట్ లాంచ్ వెహికల్ మోసుకెళ్లిన  ఉపగ్రహాలలో మూడు భారత్ కు, మూడు అల్జీరియాకు, ఒక్కొక్కటి కెనడా, అమెరికాలకు చెందినవి.

చాలా దేశాలకు ఇంతవరకు ఒకే కక్ష్యలో ఉపగ్రహాలను ప్రవేశపెట్టగల సామర్థ్యం ఉంది. అందుకే వేర్వేరు కక్ష్యలలోకి ఉపగ్రహాలను ప్రవేశపెట్టడం అంతరిక్ష శాస్త్రవేత్తలకు సవాలుగా మారింది. భారత్ ఈ సవాలును విజయవంతంగా ఎదుర్కొంది. ఇంతకు ముందు ఈ ఘనతను యూరోపియన్ స్పేస్ ఏజెన్సీ తన వేగా రాకెట్ ద్వారా సాధించింది.

భారత్ కు చెందిన మూడు ఉపగ్రహాలు సముద్ర, వాతావరణ పరిస్థితులను, తుపానులను ముందుగానే తెలసుకోడానికి ఉద్దేశించినవి. ఇంతకుముందు ఇలాంటి సమాచారాన్ని మనదేశం అమెరికాకు కూడా అందించింది. 2012 నాటి హరికేన్ శాండీ గమనాన్ని పరిశీలించడానికి అమెరికాకు సాయపడింది మన దేశమే.

ముంబైలోని ఐఐటీ కి చెందిన విద్యార్థులు అభివృద్ధి చేసిన 10 కిలోల ‘ప్రథమ్’ అనే ఉపగ్రహం కూడా ప్రయోగించినవాటిలో ఉంది. అంతరిక్షం లోని మొత్తం ఎలక్ట్రాన్ ల పరిమాణాన్ని ఇది అధ్యయనం చేస్తుంది. అలాగే బెంగళూరులోని పీఈ ఎస్ యూనివర్సిటీ విద్యార్థులు అభివృద్ధి చేసిన 5.25 కిలోల ఉపగ్రహం పిశాట్ భూమి చిత్రాలను తీస్తుంది.

 ఈ ఏడాదిలోనే ఇస్రో ఇలాంటి మరో కీలక ప్రయోగం చేయబోతోంది. నాలుగు టన్నుల బరువైన ఉపగ్రహాన్ని అత్యంత బరువైన జీ ఎస్ ఎల్ వీ రాకెట్ ద్వారా ప్రయోగించడానికి సన్నాహాలు చేస్తోంది.

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First color image from INSAT-3DR released by ISRO

New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released its first color images of earth from recently launched INSAT-3DR, advanced meteorological satellite on twitter page. This image was acquired and processed at MCF-Hassan facility of ISRO.

ISRO successfully launched INSAT-3DR satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on September 8.

It is launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit, 36,000 km above earth.

According to ISRO sources, INSAT-3DR incorporates advanced improvements of imaging in Middle Infrared band to provide night time pictures of low clouds and fog and two Thermal Infrared bands for estimation of Sea Surface Temperature (SST) with better accuracy. 

Late last week ISRO released first image of earth in black and white from INSAT-3DR.

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ISRO launched GSLV-F05 successfully

Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched indigenous Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F05) rocket carrying advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR on Thursday.

The launch was delayed by 40 minutes due to a technical glitch and was launched at 4:50 PM from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota.

GSLV-F05 is the flight in which the indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) will be carried on-board for the fourth time during a GSLV flight.

After reaching the Geostationary Transfer Orbit, the 2,211kg satellite INSAT-3DR would use its own propulsion system to reach the final destination — geosynchronous orbital home. It is stationed at 74 degree east longitude.

The advanced weather satellite is expected to provide a variety of meteorological services to the country.

INSAT-3DR configured with an imager and two transponders. The imager generate images of earth from an altitude of 36,000 km once in every 26 minutes.

India has three exclusive advanced weather satellites for providing weather services —Kalpana-1, INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR.

After INSAT-3DR reaches the intended GTO, the solar panels of the satellite were deployed immediately.

ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan, Karnataka will take control of the satellite and perform the initial orbit raising maneuvers and place it in circular Geostationary Orbit. The entire process is expected to take place in 17 minutes from the launch.

Besides offering a host of services, INSAT-3DR would join the operational Search and Rescue service provided by INSAT-3D to various users, including Coast Guard, Airport Authority of India, Shipping and Defense Services.

Expected operational life of INSAT-3DR is 10 years.

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ISRO tests scramjet engine successfully

Chennai: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)’s Scramjet Engine Technology towards the realisation of an Air Breathing Propulsion System was successfully tested today at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at SHAR, Sriharikota.

The flight testing was started at 6:00 am on 28 August 2016. The important flight events like burn out of booster rocket stage, ignition of second stage solid rocket, functioning of Scramjet engines for 5 seconds followed by burn out of the second stage took place exactly as planned. The vehicle was successfully tracked during its flight from Sriharikota for about 300 seconds and approximately 320 km until it reached Bay of Bengal.

ISRO was able to successfully flight test critical technologies such as ignition of air breathing engines, holding flames at supersonic speed, air intake mechanism and fuel injection system of scamjet engine.

“India is now the fourth country in the world to do such a thing, the test was very successful. Today’s experiment is a very significant development.” said ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar.

The scramjet engine is used during the atmospheric phase of the flight. It helps in bringing down the oxidiser thereby reducing the launch cost.

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UAE seeks India help in space research

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Not many people know that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a space research programme. Even without a large industrial base that supports hi-end technologies and dependent on other countries for skilled and unskilled manpower, the UAE has started taking baby steps in developing a space programme. Since money is not a constraint for the oil-rich Sheikhdom to reach space, it is eyeing the Red Planet. With India and the UAE turning their age-old bonds into strategic relationship during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit, the Gulf State has sought Indian Space Research Organization’s help in satellite technologies and space research.

It’s another feather in ISRO’s cap. For, the UAE is an important partner in India’s development. For millions of Indian expats working there, the seven Emirates are a second home (in some cases, first) and their remittances keep swelling India’s foreign exchange reserves. More importantly, it is a key oil supplier for us.

Recently, UAE Space Agency chief Khalifa Al Rumaithi and its Director General Nasser Al Ahbabi visited various ISRO facilities in the country. Needless to say, they were quite impressed by India’s achievements in space. The UAE has a plan to launch a Mars mission in 2021 and it is eager to partner with ISRO in its future Mars missions.

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Our lab in space

Primepost News Desk

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has sprung a surprise. The premier space research agency announced on Sunday, that it would launch a space observatory Astrosat on September 28. If it succeeds in putting it in the required orbit, India will join a select few to have a lab of its own in outer space. The US, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency have so far launched space observatories.

The 1.5 ton Astrosat will be launched by a PSLV C-30 rocket from Sriharikota at 10am.  Accompanying Astrosat will be one micro satellite each from Canada and Indonesia, and 4 nano satellites from the US.

“The mission  envisages an  earth orbiting scientific satellite with payloads capable of simultaneously observing the universe in the visible, ultraviolet and X-ray regions of the electromagnetic  spectrum,” said an ISRO statement.

Besides ISRO, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics and Raman Research Institute were involved in Astrosat development.

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