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ISRO scientists test Vikas Engine

ISRO has successfully conducted a ground test of its high thrust version of the Vikas Engine that would improve the payload capability of the space agency’s launch vehicles. The Vikas Engine is the liquid rocket engine used to power the second stage of the ISRO’s trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The test was conducted at the ISRO Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.

Panel drafting education policy gets extension

Union Human Resource Development Ministry has extended till August 31 the term of K Kasturirangan Committee drafting a new education policy. The panel headed by K Kasturirangan, the former ISRO chief, was supposed to submit its report by June 30. This is the third extension granted to the panel. The existing National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992.

ISRO to find nuclear fuel on moon

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch a rover in October 2018 through Chandrayaan 2 to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface & analyze crust samples for signs of water & helium-3. The isotope is abundant on the moon and could meet global energy demands for 250 years. The rover is powered by solar energy & will collect information for 14 days on the surface of the moon

ISRO clears GSAT – 11 for Launch

ISRO has cleared GSAT – 11 for launch, which was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for checks, after another satellite GSAT 6A, had lost contact which was launched earlier. The 5,700 Kg Satellite was to launch on 26 May 2018 from Kourou, site in South America which India uses to launch heavy satellites. Arianespace is the space agnecy that launches India’s Satellite from this site.

ISRO’s scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet

A team from the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, has spotted for the first time a distant planet six times bigger than Earth and revolving around a Sun-like star about 600 light years away. Both the planet and the star have been named EPIC. EPIC 211945201b (or K2-236b) is the name given to the planet and the host star is named EPIC 211945201 or K2-236.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Oman

The Union Cabinet approved a MoU signed between India represented by the ISRO and Oman represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The MoU on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space was signed in February 2018 at Muscat. This MoU shall enable cooperation in space science, technology, and applications including remote sensing of the earth.

‘Santokbaa Humanitarian’ award

30 : Child rights activist and Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and space scientist A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), were given ‘Santokbaa Humanitarian Award’. The award was presented by the President of India. The award is instituted by Shree Ramkrishna Knowledge Foundaton (SRKKF).

Isro develops desi atomic clock

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an atomic clock that will be used in navigation satellites to measure precise location data. The space agency currently imports atomic clocks from European aerospace manufacturer Astrium for its navigation satellites.The atomic clock is currently undergoing a series of qualification tests.

ISRO to launch navigation satellite

ISRO on 12th April will launch a navigation satellite IRNSS-1I, the 8th such satellite to be a part of NAVIC navigation satellite constellation, from Sriharikota.India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty-third flight (PSLV-C41) in XL configuration, will launch IRNSS-1I Satellite. IRNSS-1I is expected to replace IRNSS-1A, the first of the seven navigation satellites.

India loses contact with GSAT-6A satellite

ISRO has lost contact with the GSAT-6A, India’s most powerful communication satellite, in less than 48 hours after it was launched.The GSAT-6A, the 2nd in the series of GSAT-6 satellites to provide high speed broadband on mobile phones was designed for a life of 10 years. This is the second mission failure for Isro in six months, with the previous one being the PSLV-C39.

ISRO’s GSAT-6A placed in orbit

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully placed a communication satellite GSAT-6A in a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The GSAT-6A is a communication satellite that will complement the GSAT-6, which is already in orbit. The satellite will be placed at a height of 36,000 km in a geostationary orbit.

ISRO to launch communication satellite

GSAT-6A, the 2nd S-band communi-cations satellite, is set to be launched from Sriharikota on March 29. It is designated for the use of the Armed Forces and will not add any transponder capacity for general uses. A special feature of the GSAT-6A is its 6-metre-wide umbrella-like antenna, which will be unfurled in space. The S-band‘s antenna was developed by ISRO‘s Space Applications Centre.

ISRO-BHEL to manufacture Li-ion cells

ISRO has signed a Technology Transfer Agreement with BHEL to transfer the technology for the manufacture of space grade =Li-Ion cells‘. ISRO uses =Li-Ion batteries‘ as power sources for satellite and launches vehicle applications due to their high energy density, reliability and long cycle life. This technology can be adapted to cater to the Li-Ion cell requirement for other national needs.

ISRO Sign Contract to Build 2 Satellites

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed the first contract for an industry-built spacecraft with a consortium of six companies based in Bengaluru. The contract includes the assembly, integration & testing of two spare navigation satellites in 18 months. It was signed between M. Annadurai, director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) & the consortium lead, Alpha Design Tech.

ISRO Launches PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A

ISRO successfully executed the thirty seventh launch of its workhorse PSLV-C36 from the First Launch Pad (FLP), at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. The ResourceSat-2A earth observation satellite was the only passenger on board, with a weight of 1235 kg. The new satellite is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by it two predecessors.

ISRO tests Scramjet Rocket engine

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully test-fired its Scramjet Rocket Engine. Which will use oxygen from the atmosphere thereby reducing launch cost, from the spaceport of Sriharikota.

Telangana signs MoU with ISRO for water resources info system

Telangana Irrigation Department has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Space Research Organisation for setting up a Telangana Water Resources Information System (TWRIS) on the ‘Bhuvan’ web portal. The MoU was inked in the presence of Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar at the Hyderabad-headquartered National Remote Sensing Centre of ISRO. The main aim is to capture every field-level irrigation network including dams/barrages, anicuts, main and field channels, etc. and mark every irrigation structure on satellite visualisation tool Bhuvan (similar to Google Earth). The project, likely to be completed in one year.

South India’s first Doppler weather radar inaugurated

ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar has inaugurated a ‘C Band Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar’ at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram. It is first of its kind in South India. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the first Doppler weather radar in Cherrapunji which was built by the ISRO and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) in May. The work was on for two more Doppler radars to be set up in Bhuj in Gujarat and Gopalpur. This Doppler weather radar can provide advance information about storms, cyclones, and other severe weather conditions. The data from this radar would be available to India Meteorological Department (IMD) to supplement its weather predictions and also to researchers and user agencies.

PSLV-C34 Successfully Launches 20 Satellites in a Single Flight

June 22, 2016 : In its thirty sixth flight (PSLV-C34), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 19 co-passenger satellites today morning (June 22, 2016) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty fifth consecutively successful mission of PSLV and the fourteenth in its ‘XL’ configuration. The total weight of all the 20 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C34 was 1288 kg.
After PSLV-C34 lift-off at 0926 hrs (9:26 am) IST from the Second Launch Pad with the ignition of the first stage, the subsequent important flight events, namely, strap-on ignitions and separations, first stage separation, second stage ignition, heat-shield separation, second stage separation, third stage ignition and separation, fourth stage ignition and cut-off, took place as planned. After a flight of 16 minutes 30 seconds, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 508 km inclined at an angle of 97.5 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding 10 minutes, all the 20 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage in a predetermined sequence.
After separation, the two solar arrays of Cartosat-2 series satellite were deployed automatically and ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide remote sensing services using its panchromatic (black and white) and multispectral (colour) cameras.
The imagery sent by the Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, precision study, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.
Of the 19 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C34, two – SATHYABAMASAT weighing 1.5 kg and SWAYAM weighing 1 kg – are University/Academic institute satellites and were built with the involvement of students from Sathyabama University, Chennai and College Of Engineering, Pune, respectively.
The remaining 17 co-passenger satellites were international customer satellites from Canada (2), Germany (1), Indonesia (1) and the United States (13).
With today’s successful launch, the total number of satellites launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 113, of which 39 are Indian and the remaining 74 from abroad.

ISRO Department of Space sign an MoU

Union Ministry for Rural Development and ISRO, Department of Space sign an MoU for geo-tagging the assets created under MGNREGA in each gram panchayat.

ISRO launches record 20 satellites in a single mission

ISRO launches record 20 satellites in a single mission in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, including one Indian, thirteen American, one German, two Canadian and one Indonesian satellites.

ISRO successfully launches RLV-TD

Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launches its maiden indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV-TD) from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

IRNSS 1G – PSLV-C33

In its thirty fifth flight (PSLV-C33), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 1425 kg IRNSS-1G, the seventh satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) today afternoon (April 28, 2016) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty fourth consecutively successful mission of PSLV and the thirteenth in its ‘XL’ configuration.
Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, heartily thanked and congratulated all the ISRO scientists and team ISRO for completing IRNSS constellation and dedicated IRNSS to the nation as ‘NavIC’ (Navigation Indian Constellation). He appreciated India’s space community for making the country proud through such achievements which have helped in improving the life of common man.
After separation, the solar panels of IRNSS-1G were deployed automatically. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan, Karnataka took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, four orbit manoeuvres will be conducted from MCF to position the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit at 129.5 deg East longitude.
IRNSS-1G is the seventh of the seven satellites constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID, IE and 1F, the first six satellites of the constellation, were successfully launched by PSLV on July 02, 2013, April 04, 2014, October 16, 2014, March 28, 2015, January 20, 2016 and March 10, 2016 respectively. All the six satellites are functioning satisfactorily from their designated orbital positions.
IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland. IRNSS provides two types of services, namely, Standard Positioning Services (SPS) – provided to all users and Restricted Services (RS) – provided to authorised users.
A number of ground facilities responsible for satellite ranging and monitoring, generation and transmission of navigation parameters, etc., have been established in eighteen locations across the country. Today’s successful launch of IRNSS-1G, the seventh and final member of IRNSS constellation, signifies the completion of the IRNSS constellation.

ISRO announces launch a record number of 22 satellites

ISRO announces to launch a record number of 22 satellites in a single mission in May 2016. The launch vehicle will inject 22 satellites into orbit, a first in the history of the organisation.

ISRO establishes the GIRI

ISRO establishes the Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer (GIRI) at the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.

ISRO launches IRNSS-1F Satellite

ISRO launches the country’s sixth Indian Regional Navigational Satellite system (IRNSS)-1F on board the trusted launch vehicle PSLV-C-32.

Data Processing Facility for ASEAN

ISRO announces establishment of a Satellite Tracking & Data Reception Station and Data Processing Facility for ASEAN member countries in Vietnam.

ISRO successfully puts into orbit IRNSS-1E

ISRO successfully puts into orbit IRNSS-1E, the fifth satellite of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) using PSLV-C31, after its successful launch from Sriharikota.

Mayilsamy Annadurai appointed as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC)

Mayilsamy Annadurai is appointed as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru. He took over as Director, ISAC from Dr SK Shivakumar who superannuated on 31 March 2015. As the Director of ISAC he will oversee development of satellite technology and implementation of satellite systems for scientific, technological and application missions.

Isro IRNSS-1D Launch Puts India a Step Closer to Own GPS-Like System

India is set to operationalise its own navigational system with the succesful launch of IRNSS-1D, the fourth in the series of seven navigational satellites, onboard PSLV-C27 from Sriharikota. The expendable rocket had a single but important luggage, the 1,425 kg IRNSS-1D. The rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, around 80 km from Chennai. The IRNSS will provide two types of services – standard positioning service and restricted service. The former is provided to all users and the latter is an encrypted service for authorised users.

ISRO won Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 27 March 2015 won Gandhi Peace Prize 2014. The award was selected by the jury under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Besides Prime Minister, other members of the Jury that selected the ISRO for the award were Justice H L Dattu, Chief Justice of India; Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the single largest Opposition Party in the Lok Sabha; LK Advani, Member of Parliament and Gopalkrishna Gandhi. The Indian space agency successfully launched Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and at a very cost effective price of 450 crore rupees.
About the Award
•The Gandhi Peace Prize for social, economic and political transformation through non-violence was instituted in the year 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
•It is given to individual or organisation for making social, economic and political transformation through non-violence means.
•The award comprises an amount of one crore rupees and a citation.

Mangalyaan mission extended by six months

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission was extended for another six months to further explore the Red Planet and its atmosphere. “As the 1,340 kg Mars Orbiter has sufficient fuel (37 kg) to last longer than it was intended earlier. The historic mission has completed six months of orbiting the Red Planet. India also became the first country to have entered the Mars Sphere of Influence in its maiden attempt.

Tapan Misra appointed as Chief of ISRO’s Space Application Centre

Eminent scientist Tapan Misra has been appointed the Chief of ISRO’s Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad Gujarat. He will succeed A S Kiran Kumar, who was appointed as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in January 2015. He was awarded Hari Om Ashram Prerit Vikram Sarabhai research Award (2004), ISRO Merit award (2008), Sir JC Bose National Talent Search (JBNSTS) Scholarship (1981).

AS Kiran Kumar appointed as new ISRO chief

A.S. Kiran Kumar was appointed as the new Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief. He was the director of Satellite Application Centre and joined ISRO in 1975.He was also behind the success of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission which entered the Martian orbit on September 24.

ISRO chairperson K Radhakrishnan retires

Spearheading Indian Space Research Organisation triumphantly through several milestones, its chairperson

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan chosen for prestigious for journal nature

ISRO Chairman, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan is chosen by the prestigious journal Nature as one of the top ten scientists of 2014. The successful launch of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, GSLV Mark III and successful re-entry of the unmanned crew module were some of the landmark achievements under his chairmanship.

GSAT-16

Communication satellite GSAT-16 with 48 transponders, the largest ever carried by a communication spacecraft built by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is injected into the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Kourou in French Guiana.

India’s Mangalyaan developed by ISRO

India’s Mangalyaan, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is listed among the 25 best innovations of 2014 by the Time magazine.

2014-Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is named for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014.

ISRO notches another success with PSLV-C26

On October 15, 1994, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-D2) for the first time successfully placed an Indian Remote-sensing Satellite into orbit. Twenty years later, on October 16, 2014, the PSLV-C26 lobbed the 1,425 kg Indian Regional navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1C) satellite into its precise orbit. On Oct. 16 mission was ISRO’s twenty-seventh consequtively successful PSLV flight. ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said, “The PSLV has done it again. IRNSS-1C is up in orbit.” After a flight of 20 minutes and 18 seconds, the satellite was injected into an elliptical orbit. The IRNSS-1C is the third among seven navigation satelites, with a wide range of applications from helping truck drivers to submarines, missiles and battle tanks locate their positions.

ISRO Third Navigation Satellite IRNSS 1C

India’s space agency, ISRO launches its third navigation satellite IRNSS 1C on board its PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite series will give the country its own navigation system on a par with the GPS of the US.