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GSAT-9 Satellite Launch in July
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The launch of GSAT-9 communication satellite in July this year will mark ISRO’s first encounter with electric propulsion for satellite station-keeping, ISRO officials said here on Friday.
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk II (GSLV-Mk II) will put GSAT-9 in the orbit, ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar told reporters at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thumba. Nowadays, ISRO satellites carry liquid fuel and oxidiser on board to power thrusters for adjusting orbits and other station-keeping manoeuvres.
The fuel, however, takes up almost half the mass of a satellite. Replacing it with electric propulsion will enable the space agency to enhance the satellite’s life by at least four years and increase payload capability. The life of a 2,000-2,500 kg GSAT satellite is 10-12 years now. ISRO had earlier planned the GSAT-9 launch in 2017.
As part of its plans to scale up number of launches to at least two a month, ISRO is hoping to commission the second vehicle assembly complex at Sriharikota by next year. This will enable the space agency to speed up the launch process, Kiran Kumar said.
Operational Electric Propulsion from first time guys.
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Space mission: Nasa, Isro explore collaboration avenues

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New Delhi: India and the US on Thursday discussed the possibilities of collaboration in future Mars exploration projects and other space missions.

The Mars Working Group of the two countries, which met on Thursday, sought to identify and implement goals that Nasa and Isro share on Mars exploration, particularly coordinated observations and science analysis between MAVEN, the Mars Mission of Nasa, and Isro’s MoM.

“Our countries established a Mars Working Group to investigate further cooperation for Mars exploration. The third face-to-face meeting concluded in Bengaluru. “The Mars Working Group seeks to identify and implement goals that Nasa and Isro share on Mars exploration, particularly coordinated observations and science analysis between MAVEN and MoM and Nasa’s other Mars projects,” Richard Verma, US ambassador to India, said.

“We can continue exploring Mars together. Our engineers can jointly develop a space craft to study the surface of Mars. Our scientists can work together, study the and analyse the data and learn even more about the Red planet. Let’s go further in our solar system. Our nations could build together space craft to reach other planets in our solar system,” he said.

He was delivering a lecture on “US-India Collaboration & Innovation: Exploring the Potential of Satellites for Digital” at the ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue. Noting that space cooperation between the two countries has increased by leaps and bounds, Verma said it was not possible to think of such cooperation a few years ago.

After the nuclear tests conducted by India in 1974 and 1998, the US and several Western countries imposed sanctions which badly hit the nuclear and space industry in the country.

Listing out Isro and Nasa cooperation on Mars, Verma said the working group is also looking at future potential joint missions to Mars.

“Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory provided navigation and communication support to MoM, showcasing how our nations can work together on complex channels,” Verma said. He added that the two space agencies have embarked on an ambitious space project NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) project.

India and the US also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in space, including vital security aspects, at different international fora.

http://www.livemint.com/Politics/w0ITtl6gIyJFkAOjdFZH3H/Space-mission-Nasa-Isro-explore-collaboration-avenues.html
 

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CE 20 Engine of GSLV MKIII successfully hot tested







ISRO has crossed a major milestone in the development of CE-20 engine for the GSLV MKIII vehicle by the successful hot test for 640 seconds duration on 19.02.2016 at ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri. Chairman, ISRO has witnessed the hot test. The test has demonstrated the repeatability of the engine performance with all its sub systems like thrust chamber, gas generator, turbo pumps and control components for the full duration. All the engine parameters were closely matching with the pre test prediction.


CE 20 Engine of GSLV MKIII successfully hot tested - ISRO
 

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Now ISRO Will Find Water Resources In Karnataka Villages

Bengaluru: In order to solve water crisis, Karnataka Government today said that ISRO would map villages to identify availability of water resources in the state.

"ISRO will map villages to find out availability of water resources to solve the water problems of the state," Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister HK Patil told reporters in Bengaluru.




He said a systematic database of villages generated using space technology will help government take appropriate steps to conserve and augment water resources in villages.


The Minister said he and his team had already met noted scientist and honorary professor at ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) Sivathanu Pillai and held discussions in this regard.

In the next round of talks, he would meet ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar, Mr Patil said adding that he was ready to meet him even today "if the ISRO chief is available now."

The engineers and officials have been instructed to submit a report on the villagesa which are facing acute water shortage by March 2.

Mr Patil said government would furnish it once the report was submitted and a plan charted out.

ISRO to set up satellite centre in Vietnam


Officially!!!!
THE HANS INDIA | Feb 25,2016 , 01:07 PM IST



As part of Space Cooperation between India and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), at the behest of Government of India, is working towards the establishment of a Satellite Tracking & Data Reception Station and Data Processing Facility in Vietnam for ASEAN Member countries.

This facility is intended to acquire and process Indian Remote Sensing Satellite data pertaining to ASEAN region and disseminate to ASEAN Member countries. Under this initiative, all ASEAN member countries, including Vietnam will be allowed to access processed remote sensing data pertaining to their country.

Ground facility is designed in such a way that it will not allow Indian data to be accessed and processed by the system. This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to an unstarred question in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.



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So, we're officially going to bring the ASEAN states into our Space fold. Remote-Sensing (IRS series & others) is just the first step, soon we'll have to capitalize on Communication (INSAT/GSAT-type), Navigation (IRNSS) and Military applications (RISAT-type) as well, depending on market.

A brilliant move from both a strategic and a commercial perspective.
 

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Research being done on designing re-usable satellites, says scientist


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By: The Hindu





Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (ISRO) Project Director (RLV-TD) N. Shyam Mohan said research is going on designing satellites that can be reused. India can send re-useable satellites with indigenous technology by 2023, he said.

He inaugurated the two-day technical festival ‘Yantrik’, organised by Mechanical Department of Koneru Lakshmaiah University (KLU) on its campus at Vaddeswaram village in Guntur district on Friday.

Addressing the students, Mr. Shyam Mohan said the expense for one launch was very high as about 85 per cent of the raw material used for designing a satellite goes waste and the equipment cannot be used for another satellite.

To minimise the cost, US, Russia and India are doing research on designing renewable satellites and India would achieve success soon, he said.

Stating that ISRO is ready to fund for innovative projects designed by students, the space scientist asked the students to focus on research activity and design Stud-Sats. Youth should come forward to design satellites with indigenous technology, he said.

Mr. Shyam Mohan explained how rockets are launched from the launch pad and the different stages of a satellite before being placed in the orbit.

“For research in Indian navigation, we launched six satellites and one more would be launched soon for attaining full-fledged technical knowledge. We successfully launched many rockets, thanks to the team spirit of ISRO scientists. If more funds are allocated we can take up more researches,” said the space scientist.

Interacting with the students, Mr. Shyam Mohan said many youth were vying for plum jobs but not research. He asked the budding engineers to throw light on research activity and help for the country for standing top in technology development.

KLU Vice-Chancellor L.S.S. Reddy, Pro Vice-Chancellor A.V.S. Prasad, Koneru Lakshmaiah Engineering College Principal Anand Kumar, Dean (Research) K.L. Narayana, Yantrik convenor A. Srinath, coordinators S. Srinivasa Rao, and K. Ramakotaiah participated.
 

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Research being done on designing re-usable satellites, says scientist


Monday, March 14, 2016
By: The Hindu





Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (ISRO) Project Director (RLV-TD) N. Shyam Mohan said research is going on designing satellites that can be reused. India can send re-useable satellites with indigenous technology by 2023, he said.

He inaugurated the two-day technical festival ‘Yantrik’, organised by Mechanical Department of Koneru Lakshmaiah University (KLU) on its campus at Vaddeswaram village in Guntur district on Friday.

Addressing the students, Mr. Shyam Mohan said the expense for one launch was very high as about 85 per cent of the raw material used for designing a satellite goes waste and the equipment cannot be used for another satellite.

To minimise the cost, US, Russia and India are doing research on designing renewable satellites and India would achieve success soon, he said.

Stating that ISRO is ready to fund for innovative projects designed by students, the space scientist asked the students to focus on research activity and design Stud-Sats. Youth should come forward to design satellites with indigenous technology, he said.

Mr. Shyam Mohan explained how rockets are launched from the launch pad and the different stages of a satellite before being placed in the orbit.

“For research in Indian navigation, we launched six satellites and one more would be launched soon for attaining full-fledged technical knowledge. We successfully launched many rockets, thanks to the team spirit of ISRO scientists. If more funds are allocated we can take up more researches,” said the space scientist.

Interacting with the students, Mr. Shyam Mohan said many youth were vying for plum jobs but not research. He asked the budding engineers to throw light on research activity and help for the country for standing top in technology development.

KLU Vice-Chancellor L.S.S. Reddy, Pro Vice-Chancellor A.V.S. Prasad, Koneru Lakshmaiah Engineering College Principal Anand Kumar, Dean (Research) K.L. Narayana, Yantrik convenor A. Srinath, coordinators S. Srinivasa Rao, and K. Ramakotaiah participated.
...re-usable satellite launch vehicle, he means.
 

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ISRO simply need 10B dollar budget, give them & see results.
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$10 B is too much. Even for a developed country.
ISRO is doing very well in $1.2 billions and we will increase it to $1.8 billions if performance goes on. That's all. Though $8-10 billions will be provided separately for manned mission when will be conducted.
 

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$10 B is too much. Even for a developed country.
ISRO is doing very well in $1.2 billions and we will increase it to $1.8 billions if performance goes on. That's all. Though $8-10 billions will be provided separately for manned mission when will be conducted.
If ISRO would have like 5B budget then we might not have to import many things from companies which launch satellites for commercial purpose & ISRO can easily make that money, even for weather report we have to rely on foreign organisations.
Yes, 10B is too much but we must give enough budget so that we don't have to rely on foreign satellites at least for TV.
 

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If ISRO would have like 5B budget then we might not have to import many things from companies which launch satellites for commercial purpose & ISRO can easily make that money, even for weather report we have to rely on foreign organisations.
Yes, 10B is too much but we must give enough budget so that we don't have to rely on foreign satellites at least for TV.
We'll be empty of pockets. What do you think?
Like Space Race during cold war, ISRO can also take budget to heights and can land humans on Moon less than decade like US did.
But man, we're still poor a country. Let us be an upper middle income country. We'll take care of all it then.
Forimporting parts, Government is building two chip Fabrication plants to produce parts locally.
It will not advantage only ISRO but India's local toy and electronics manufacturers. Govt. has recently finalized ruppees 1.2 lakh crore to promote electronic manufacturing and make India to export them like China does.
 
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Yes agree budget needs to improve , but by no ways 8-10billion mark.

Some ~3 billions will be fine for now.
At present there are number is projects within ISRO which will be accelerated significantly if a decent amount is made available.

Any update about the planned expansion of launch facilities ?
 

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Stephen Hawking’s space exploration program wants India’s participation


Russian billionaire Yuri Milner (L) with Dr. Stephen Hawking

The space exploration program -- Breakthrough StarShot -- announced on April 12, 2016, that has world famous cosmologist Stephen hawking, billionaire venture capitalist Yuri Milner and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg teaming up, has announced that that they are looking for India’s participation.

"For Breakthrough StarShot, our interstellar probe initiative, we note that India is a leader in space exploration, especially with the recent Mars Orbiter Mission. We hope to explore the possibility of working closely with the Indian Space Research Organisation on our StarShot program," said the executive director of the program and former director of Nasa's Ames Research Centre, Pete Worden in an interview with Times of India.

If successful, the project will see thousands of light-propelled vehicles called nanocraft, moving at 20 percent of the speed of light to Alpha Centauri (the closest star system from ours).

To put things into perspective, an eight or nine-month voyage to Mars, will be covered in just 30 minutes by nanocraft. If that's not amazing enough, the standard 10-year long Pluto journey will be cut to 72 hours.

"We are indeed very interested in working closely with both experts and the public in India. Indeed, last August, I visited the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bengaluru and spoke with the scientists there about our projects. We plan a return visit to India in the next few months for more discussions. There are a number of areas we hope to involve Indian participation. India is a global leader in information technology and processing," said Worden.

Even though this all seems every intriguing, the technology should take a couple of years to develop and once completed scientists estimate that the ‘nanocrafts’ will take about 20 years to reach their destination.

http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/rep...n-program-wants-india-s-participation-2205937

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