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ISRO to Launch Four Tonne Capacity GSLV Mark III


After Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian Space Research Organization( ISRO ) is gearing up for its next rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark – III. This rocket has a capacity to launch 4,000 kg satellites into space.

The initial version of this rocket was used once to launch 2000 kg satellites, but this one belongs to the third generation and adopts few features of PSLV like flight-proven solid and liquid stage, and it also has a cryogenic upper stage.

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With an aim to make India launch heavier satellites into space, the scientists have invented this GSLV. So, because of this, India can launch satellites which are heavier in size with this rocket, without depending on foreign countries. If it gets successful, then Indian is going to give tough competition for other leading countries.

In the month of February, the scientists have tested the cryogenic stage which designated as C25 for 640 seconds at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district belongs to Tamil Nadu.

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This rocket is going to carry GSAT – 19 to space, and it is likely to get launched into space in the next couple of months. This satellite is carrying Ka and Ku-band payload, Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload, which will be useful to monitor and to do research about the nature of charged particles and their influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.

For the first time, ever in the history of India, ISRO is working on three missions simultaneously. First one is the integration of PSLV-C38 and GSLV-F09. The works are going on at a brisk pace. Besides this, the works of GSLV MarK 111 also in progress. ISRO officials shared that MK III will be shifted after the launch of GSLV-F09.

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Probably, the launch of remaining two missions, GSLV-F09 carrying the GSAT-9 satellite will be on May 5. The PSLV-C3 will get initiated by the Cartosat-2D and some foreign satellites on May 25. They confirmed that GSLV Mark III is going to carry 4,000-kg GSAT-19 to space in June.

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ISRO to Encourage Private Sector Industry to Make Heavy Duty Satellite

ISRO to Encourage Private Sector Industry to Make Heavy Duty Satellite

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to engage a private sector industry in making a heavy duty satellite. The private sector is also working shoulder to shoulder with the Indian space establishment a satellite soon. ISRO has now roped with private industry to keep pace with satellite fabrication. After almost 150 missions and three decades of space-faring, ISRO is now encouraging private industry to make a full navigation satellite.

Alpha Design Technologies, Bengaluru is assigned to make two full satellites for India’s navigation system. A team of 70 engineers is working up on the satellite to get it done in the next six months. The team is lead by Colonel H S Shankar, the man behind electronic voting machines (EVMs) in India.

“It is a challenging task for any Indian company to undertake assembly, integration, and testing of a satellite and that too for the first time in India,” says, Shankar, Chairman-cum-Managing Director at Alpha Design Technologies.

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Satellite fabrication requires high precision as it cost hundreds of crores of rupees which functional for up to 10 years with no scope for repair. The space environment is very punishing and a high-risk activity.

“Basically, there is a gap between what we are capable of doing now versus what we are supposed to make. There is a gap between the requirement and our capability. That gap we want to fill up with support from the industry,” says, M Annadurai, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre in Bengaluru.

Recently, India has set a record by launching 104 satellites in a single mission. India hopes to create a healthy industry by supporting the private sector to learn the processes of making satellites.

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Indigenous Nirbhay Missile to be Test-Fired Again: DRDO

nirbhay missile

The glitches in indigenous subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay have been identified and the missile is likely to be test-fired again in May or June after incorporating changes suggested by a committee that probed the earlier test-failures, the DRDO said on Wednesday.

The missile, with a range of 750-1,000 km, has been successfully test-fired only once in the past, out of the total four tests.

“Only one of the four test-firings of the missile were successful. It does not mean the missile got ditched on its own, but it changed its course,” Defence Research and Development Organisation’s chief S. Christopher said at a press conference at the ongoing ‘Aero India 2017’ here.

ISRO World Record:Indian PSLV Rocket Lifts Off with 104 satellites

“One of the tests was successful, while three were unsuccessful… we had to abort the mission as it went beyond the safe zone,” Christopher said. He said the suggestions of a committee that investigated the defect in the missile system have since been incorporated.”In May or June, we will have another test flight,” he said.

Nirbhay was test-fired the last time in December 2016, but the attempt was aborted midway as the missile changed course. Due to fear that the missile could hit land, it was destroyed within minutes of take-off.

The first test-flight, conducted on March 12, 2013, failed as the missile fell after only 20 minutes of flight.The second test on October 17, 2014, was successful as the missile met all desired parameters.

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During the third test on October 16, 2015, the missile nose-dived into the Bay of Bengal after covering only 128 km. The cruise missile is expected to supplement the India-Russian joint venture, the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, that can carry warheads up to 290 km.

The two-stage indigenous missile is six meters long, with a diameter of 0.52 meters, wing span of 2.7 meters and launch weight of about 1,500 kg.


ISRO Breaks Russia’s Record by Sending 104 Satellites in a Single Rocket

ISRO Breaks Russia’s Record by Sending 104 Satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation makes world record by launching 104 satellites in a single rocket from the spaceport in Sriharikota on Wednesday. ISRO breaks the earlier record of the launch of 39 satellites by the Russian Space Agency.

ISRO Satellites launch was an achievement across the country. The Space agency made the India Proud, and it was praised by President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and other famous persons.

ISRO World Record:Indian PSLV Rocket Lifts Off with 104 satellites

It is the first launch by the ISRO in 2017 and three more launches are planned for the first half of this year. The space agency’s trusted workhorse PSLV-C37 took off in the morning at 9:28 am from Sriharikota space centre with 104 satellites among them 101 satellites belongs to international customers.

104 satellites were released into space within 18 minutes, each traveling at the speed of over 27,000 km per hour which is 40 times the speed of an average passenger airline. 96 of the satellites belong to the US, and the smaller satellites belong to the US, Isreal, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab.

90 small satellites named ‘Doves’ belong to Planet Inc, the San Francisco-based company. The Dove constellation will be used to image the earth at low cost.

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This is the heaviest version of the PSLV which weighing about 320 tons at lift-off and standing tall at 44.4 meters.

ISRO World Record:Indian PSLV Rocket Lifts Off with 104 satellites

PSLV Rocket

Proud moment for every Indian, as ISRO had created an impeccable record of launching 104 satellites in a single go. The unique feat was achieved at the SHAR, Andhra Pradesh.

Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Wednesday morning lifted off successfully with a record 104 satellites, including the country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series.

The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 meter tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies at 9.28 a.m. with a deep throated growl breaking free of the earth’s gravitational pull.The earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighs 714 kg.

The co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the UAE and 96 from the US, as well as two nano satellites from India.

The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board is about 1,378 kg. By the 28th minute of the rocket’s mission all the 104 satellites would be put into orbit.The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

“The Cartosat satellite is the fourth one in the Cartosat-2 series of earth observation satellites. Already three are in the orbit and two more will be launched. Once all the six Cartosat-2 series satellites are launched the Cartosat-3 series would begin,” an ISRO official told IANS preferring anonymity.