Satellite

Pakistan launches 2 satellites from China

Pakistan has launched 2 indigenously built satellites into the orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. One of the satellites launched is PRSS-1, a remote sensing satellite that will enable Pakistan to meet its imagery requirements in areas of land mapping & agriculture classification among others. It is the 2nd time both China & Pakistan have collaborated in the space sector.

Golden Globe Race 2018

Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy will be participating in the prestigious Golden Globe Race that commences from Les Sables d’Olonne harbour in France on 1st July. The uniqueness of the race is that use of GPS, satellite communication, navigational aids, etc is forbidden. Cdr Tomy will be sailing in sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ has been built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa.

Jai Hind 1-S: World’s lightest satellite

Four students of Chennai build the world’s lightest and cheapest satellite weighing just 33.39 grams. The name of the satellite is ‘Jai Hind 1-S’ and would be launched in August 2018. It analyses data like temperature, UV density and vapour pressure, at various points of the satellite’s upward journey. This will help in research and the better understanding of the environment in outer space.

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.

Successful launch of observation satellite

China successfully launched a new Earth observation satellite which will be mainly used in agricultural resources research and disaster monitoring. A scientific experiment satellite named Luojia-1 was sent into space at the same time. The Gaofen-6 satellite was launched on a Long March-2D rocket.

Satellite to explore dark side of moon

China has launched a relay satellite “Queqiao” designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon. The launch is a key step for China to realize its goal of being the first country to send a probe to soft-land on & rove the far side of the moon. It will be the world’s 1st communication satellite operating from moon.

NASA’s hunting probe completed lunar flyby

NASA’s latest planet-hunting satellite has successfully completed a lunar flyby, passing about 8,000 kilometers from the Moon. It beamed back a test image revealing more than 200 thousand stars. The flyby provided a gravity assist that helped the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) sail toward its final working orbit. TESS is NASA’s search for planets outside our solar system.

Freshwater decline in India

India is among the hotspots where overuse of water resources has caused a decline in the availability of freshwater, according to study using an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth. The study found that Earth’s wetland areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier.In northern India, groundwater extraction for irrigation of crops has caused a decline in available water.

SpaceX launched most powerful Falcon 9 yet

SpaceX blasted off its newest & most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, known as the Block 5, carrying the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh.The satellite will provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout Bangladesh. Block 5 Falcon 9 is eventually meant to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, with the first launch tentatively planned for Dec 2018.

China launched new satellite

China successfully launched a hyperspectral imaging satellite for comprehensive observation of the atmosphere, including air pollution. The Gaofen-5 satellite was launched off the back of a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. It will help reduce China’s dependence on foreign hyperspectral satellite data.

Mars probe taking mini satellites

A pair of briefcase-sized spacecraft known as CubeSats are making their way into deep space for the first time, sharing a ride with NASA’s InSight Mars lander. Mars Cube One (MarCO) is a pair spacecraft that launched along with NASA’s InSight Mars lander on May 5. CubeSats are generally under 15 kilogrammes, and can weigh as little as about 2.5 kilogrammes.

China Launches ‘APSTAR-6C’ Communication Sat

China has launched a new communication satellite “APSTAR-6C” at the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The satellite will provide TV transmission, communication, Internet and multimedia services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region. Both the satellite and the rocket were developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Isro to launch slew of military satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation is gearing up to launch a slew of important satellites in the coming months.Some of these satellites are significant as they will help military keep an eye on our neighbours & safeguard our land & sea borders. ISRO will launch a dedicated satellite, Gsat-7A, for Indian Air Force & an advanced remote sensing satellite, Risat-2A, for surveillance purpose.

2nd magnetic field created by Earth found

The European Space Agency has created the most detailed map ever of the elusive oceanic magnetism generated by Earth’s lithosphere.While Earth’s magnetic field is majorly generated within the outer core, a small fraction comes from magnetised rocks in the crust and the upper mantle. This lithospheric magnetic field is 20,000 times weaker than global magnetic field at satellite altitude.

China launched Remote sensing satellites

China has launched the first group of China’s Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites into space on 10th April.The satellites were carried by a Long March-4C rocket. The mission also sent a micro nanotechnology experiment satellite into orbit. The satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other technology 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.

Twin navigation satellites launched in China

China successfully launched twin satellites via a single carrier rocket in Xichang of southwest China‘s Sichuan province. This added two more members to its domestic ?BeiDou Navigation Satellite System? (BDS). The satellites and the rocket were developed by the Innovation Academy for Microsatellites at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology

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.

NASA to launch planet hunting probe in April

NASA‘s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) which aims to find alien worlds with capacity to harbour life is scheduled to launch on April 16 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft will be looking for a phenomenon known as a transit, where a planet passes in front of its star. TESS will discover a number of planets whose atmospheric compositions.

NASA to focus on Earth?s frozen regions

NASA will launch two new satellite missions to know more about the Earth‘s ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, snow and permafrost. NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences are scheduled to launch the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission in this spring. And in autumn, NASA is scheduled to launch the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2).

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.

India and EU sign an agreement

India and the European Union have signed an agreement that will enable them to share earth observation data from each other‘s satellites. The European Commission will provide India with free, full and open access to the data from the Copernicus Sentinel family of satellites and ISRO will share data from its earth observation satellites. The pact was inked in Bengaluru.

French President arrived in India

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in India on 9th March for a four-day visit. An agreement on the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, which is being built with French assistance, is expected to be signed during the visit. The two sides will also sign an agreement on co-development of a full-fledged satellite constellation in the maritime domain.

Nasa Launching TESS for the planets discovery

Launching in April on a two-year primary mission, the observatory could ultimately discover 20,000 planets. Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will operate as a kind of exoplanet surveillance camera, making its journey around Earth every 13.7 days. The target area for the TESS mission doesn‘t exceed 300 light-years distant from Earth.

NASA launches advanced weather satellite

NASA launched another of the world‘s most advanced weather satellites, this time to safeguard the western U.S. The GOES-S satellite thundered toward orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket. GOES-S is the second satellite in an approx. $11 bn effort that‘s already revolutionising forecasting with astonishingly fast, crisp images of hurricanes, wildfires, floods, mudslides and other natural calamities.

Colonies of penguins discovered in Antarctica

‘Mega-colonies’ of over 15 lakh Adélie penguins have been discovered on Danger Islands near the Antarctic peninsula. Prompted by satellite images, scientists mounted on an expedition and used on-the-ground counts and drones to reveal 7,51,527 pairs of penguins. Researchers have called for protecting the area, five times larger than Germany, as it was seemingly unaffected by climate change.

Shipping ministry and IIT Madras joins hand

Shipping ministry has set up a centre in a joint initiative with IIT Madras to accelerate indigenous development of technology & patents.It also aims to reduce reliance on costly foreign consultations. The centre, supported by ministry’s flagship Sagarmala Project, will be located at the satellite campus of IIT Madras. It is expected to serve as the technological arm of shipping ministry.

Airtel joins global alliance for net in air

Bharti Airtel said it has joined a new global collaboration to bring high-speed and uninterrupted in-flight data connectivity to mobile customers.The global partnership Seamless Alliance, whose other founding members include OneWeb, Airbus, Delta and Sprint, will work towards leveraging satellite technology. It will offer high-speed data connectivity even in the sky.

Sea level will rise by over 2 feet by 2100

Scientists have learned from 25 years of satellite data that sea levels are rising at 3 mm every year, while its rate is increasing about 0.08 mm per year.Scientists fear if the oceans continue to change at this pace, globals sea levels would rise 65 cm by 2100, which could flood coastal cities. It is according to a powerful new assessment led by CIRES Fellow Steve Nerem.

Tiniest Satellite Carrying Rocket launched

Japan has successfully launched the world’s smallest satellite-carrying rocket following a failed attempt in January last year.The rocket is about the size of a utility pole, measuring 10 meters in length and 50 centimeters in diameter.The launch was aimed at verifying JAXA’s technology to send a small rocket made with commercially available components to the sky at a lower cost.

Japan launches new observation satellite

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched a new Earth observation satellite, equipped with X-band radar.ASNARO-2, developed by Japanese tech firm NEC, will perform Earth-observation tasks for five years from its orbit at an altitude of about 500 km. This was the first launch of a JAXA Epsilon rocket ordered by a private company.

First image taken by Cartosat-2

The first-day image captured by India’s recently launched weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite shows a part of Indore city in Madhya Pradesh.The image was acquired on January 15, three days after the launch of the satellite.Cartosat-2 Series satellite was successfully launched onboard the PSLV-C40 rocket on January 12 by ISRO from its spaceport at Sriharikota, 110 km from here.

ISRO launches its 100th Satellite

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.It carries 31 satellites in total from countries including India and six other countries. Cartosat 2, a surveillance satellite that was part of India’s 100th satellite was placed into sun-synchronous orbit according to ISRO. The satellites are to be launched in two orbits which makes the mission a unique one.

ISRO mulls launching 65 satellites

The Indian Space Research Organisation has set itself an ambitious to-do list for making and launching around 65 satellites for a slew of uses.They are planned to be released over the period from 2017 to 2021, according to a top official. The headquarters of ISRO is in Bengaluru.

ISRO to launch 31 satellites in one go

ISRO would launch 31 satellites, including India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation space craft, in a single mission on January 10.The mission will be the first ‘Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’ (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August this year.The mission’s main payload would be India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.

‘Smoke rings’ spotted in the ocean

Scientists have discovered the equivalent of smoke-rings in the Tasman Sea which may ‘suck-up’ small marine creatures and carry them at high speed and for long distances across the ocean.The rings were spotted by analysing sea level measurements taken from satellites.The Tasman Sea is a marginal sea of the South Pacific Ocean, situated between Australia and New Zealand.

Russia launches satellite for Angola

Russia on Tuesday launched a rocket carrying Angosat-1, the first national telecoms satellite for Angola.The Zenit-2SB rocket carrying Angosat to orbit was supplied by Ukrainian maker Yuzhmash, making the launch a rare joint project between the two countries since 2014.The Angosat project was agreed by Russia and Angola in 2009.

UK’s New Highest Mountain

Cartographers surveying Antarctica have discovered that Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory at 3,239 metres above sea level.Until now, maps showed Mt Jackson as the tallest mountain in the territory at 3,184 metres.The BAS group used a combination of elevation models built from satellite data to make the new mountain assessment.

Planet Labs to launch 4 satellites

Planet Labs Inc said four of its Dove satellites will be launched aboard India’s PSLV-C40 mission, scheduled to fly in January 2018.Planet Labs Inc, a US-based integrated aerospace, and data analytics company.The primary payload for PSLV-C40 mission is Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Cartosat-2 Series satellite, and Planet Lab’s four satellites will ride as secondary payload.

China launches remote sensing satellites

China successfully launched remote sensing satellites designed to conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The satellites were carried by Long March-6 rocket, a new generation of liquid-fuelled carrier rocket developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The launch was the 256th mission of the Long March rocket family.

First mission to study the Sun

ISRO plans to launch ‘Aditya-L1’, the first Indian mission to study the Sun, by the year 2019 – 2020. The Aditya-1 mission was conceived as a 400kg class satellite carrying one payload, the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) and was planned to launch in an 800 km low earth orbit. The satellite will be launched from Sriharikota

China launches remote sensing satellites

On 21st November 2017, China launched three remote sensing satellites Jilin-1 04, Jilin-1 05 and Jilin-1 06 from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s northern Shanxi Province. The satellites have been designed to improve observation capability to promote commercial use for the remote sensing industry. The system will be used for wide imaging, video imaging, and multispectral imaging.

Asgardia launched Asgardia-1 into space

The Space Kingdom of Asgardia (virtual nation) launched its first satellite ‘Asgardia-1’ into space from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Asgardia – so-called ‘virtual nation’ is the project of Russian scientist and billionaire Igor Ashurbeyli. The Asgardia-1 satellite, which is about the size of a loaf of bread, contains half a terabyte of data

China launches two navigation satellites

China has launched two BeiDou-3 satellites into space through a single carrier rocket. The two newly-launched satellites represent the third phase of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. This system will provide services for countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, and form a complete global satellite navigation system by 2020.

ITBP gets GSAT-6 communication satellite

In a bid to enhance security, Union Government has armed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police with access to ‘GSAT-6’ communication satellite’s feeds to track activities along the Himalayan border. ISRO geostationary communication satellite, GSAT-6 was launched in August 2015. Satellite will also perform multiple tasks such as aiding in navigation, collecting data and image mapping.

SpaceX launches 10 satellites

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites to bolster the global data communications network for Virginia-based company, Iridium. The white rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. About seven minutes after launch, the tall portion of the Falcon 9, known as the first stage, returned to Earth for an upright landing.

ISRO Cartosat-2

India will add a sixth “eye in the sky”, when ISRO will launch an earth observation satellite belonging to the crucial Cartosat-2 series in November. This will be the third advanced remote sensing satellite in the Cartosat-2 series to be launched in 2017. The mission’s primary objective is to provide high-resolution images of designated targets from altitude of about 500 kilometers.

Presence of aerosol over Asia

20 : A joint study by ISRO & NASA which had commenced after satellite images showed presence of an aerosol layer over Asia region, has confirmed the same. The study also found presence of nitrate, which is a new finding. Aerosol are sub-micron size particles suspended in air that are produced from a variety of man-made & natural processes such as vehicle exhaust, waste-burning & wind blown dust.

1st Private Sector-Built Satellite Fails

India’s first private sector built satellite IRNSS-1H failed after its launch from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed by India on par with US-based GPS. It was due to a “trivial issue” of satellite’s protective heat shield not getting separated & dropping off that led to failure

ISRO all set to launch IRNSS-1H

Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to launch PSLV-C39 carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. The satellite IRNSS-1H is a part of the indigenous navigation system called ‘NavIC,’ that was initially planned to have a constellation of 7 satellites. Like its other IRNSS predecessors, IRNSS-1H also carries 2 types of payloads such as navigation payload & ranging payload.

Japan launches satellite to improve GPS

Japan has launched a rocket & put the 3rd of its new quasi-zenith satellites into orbit to help improve the precision of the global positioning system. H-2A rocket launched by JAXA carried Michibiki No 3 which is part of a 4 satellite constellation. New satellite system will be officially put into use next year & complement a network of US satellites that Japan previously used for its GPS needs.

Satellite to help astronauts talk

NASA has launched the latest in a series of satellites aimed at ensuring astronauts at the International Space Station can communicate with Earth. Boeing-made Tracking & Data Relay Satellite soared into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will facilitate space-to-ground communication for NASA’s low-Earth orbit operations. It will support critical space communication into the mid-2020s

Full-fledged Earth observation satellite

ISRO is planning to launch a full-fledged niche Earth observation satellite called Hyperspectral Imaging using a critical chip it has developed. Hyspex imaging will enable distinct identification of objects, materials or processes on Earth by reading spectrum for each pixel of a scene from space. It can be used for monitoring crops, looking for oil & minerals & military surveillance.

China uses a quantum satellite

China has sent an unbreakable code from its quantum satellite to Earth, marking realization of quantum key distribution technology for the 1st time. Satellite sent quantum keys to ground stations in China at a transmission rate up to 20 orders of magnitude more efficient than an optical fiber. China launched world’s first quantum satellite last August, to establish hack proof communications

Environmental research satellite

Israel has launched it’s 1st environmental research satellite from Guiana, in a JV b/w Israel Space Agency & CNES. VENUS satellite aims to obtain high-resolution photo’s of specific sites to track environmental issues such as pollution, erosion & other phenomena linked to climate change. It is the first time that Israel is launching a satellite to focus on agricultural & ecological research.

ISRO to sign MoU with CSIR-NPL

In order to make desi GPS independent from the US clock system ISRO will sign an MoU with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory for time and frequency traceability services. It will help the desi GPS to get formally synchronised with the Indian Standard Time. NPL maintains accuracy of ±20 nanoseconds and thereby gives the most accurate time which is essential for satellite navigation system.

Isro to launch a back-up navigation sat

ISRO will launch its navigation satellite IRNSS-1H by the end of this month to augment the existing 7 satellites of NavIC constellation. IRNSS-1H will be a “back up” navigation satellite for IRNSS-1A as its three rubidium atomic clocks on board had stopped functioning. IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed by India on par with US-based GPS.

Launch of Satellite carrying Rocket

Iran has successfully launched a new type of rocket designed to carry a satellite into space. The “Simorgh” rocket is capable of carrying a 250 kg satellite as far as 500 km above Earth. Iran successfully launched its 1st domestically produced satellite in 2009. Launch of the rocket comes after US moved to increase economic sanctions placed on Iran over its ballistic missile program.

Russia launches 73 satellites

Russian space agency Roscosmos successfully launched an imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites into the orbit. For the first time in the world, such a complex and large mission has been developed and implemented. The 72 small satellites include those made by Japan, Germany and Canada along with 62 nanosatellites known as CubeSats, developed by the United States.

International Standard Sports City

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced to set up an international standard sports city. Kalinga International Sport City will be set up in Bhubaneswar, making eligible to bid for most international competitions including Commonwealth and Asian games. Odisha will also have satellite stadia with world class infrastructure in Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Rourkela.

Chinese rocket launch fails

China’s second launch of its new-generation Long March-5 rocket was declared a failure after an anomaly was detected during its flight. Dubbed “Chubby 5” for its huge size – 5m in diameter and 57m tall , the rocket is designed to carry up to 25 tons of payload into low orbit. The rocket was due to carry the heaviest Shijian-18 satellite and was to launch China’s next mission to the Moon.

Communication satellite GSAT-17 launched

Communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. It is designed to provide continuity of services of operational satellites in C, extended C & S bands. It has equipment to aid meteorology forecasts and search & rescue operations across the sub-continent. This is 3rd satellite launch by ISRO this month.

ISRO to launch Earth Observation Sat

India will launch its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. According ISRO, the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on 23rd June from the Sriharikota rocket port. The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries as well as one Indian nanosatellite.

Japan launches satellite to improve GPS

Japan launched a new satellite to improve the global positioning system’s accuracy and establish an efficient communication system in the event of natural disasters. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched the latest version of the H-IIA rocket with the Michibiki 2 communications satellite. It is a part of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System.

Satellite navigation positioning system

China launched a national satellite navigation and positioning system which will provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management. The system consists of 2700 base stations, a national database centre and 30 provincial level database centres. Till last year China had a constellation of 32 satellites for the navigation system.

Indian fencer strikes gold.

Indian fencer CA Bhavani Devi has won a gold medal in the Tournoi Satellite Fencing Championship held in Iceland. With this win, Bhavani Devi has become the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event. She had previously won a silver medal in a satellite event. She defeated Great Britain’s Sarah Jane Hampson 15-13 on points to win the gold.

BSNL plans satellite phone service

28 : BSNL is planning to extend satellite phone services for all citizens in next two years that can work at any corner of the country. The company has started satellite phone service using INMARSAT service. Service will be initially offered to government agencies and will be later extended to citizens. Call rates are expected to be in the range of Rs 30-35 in the first phase.

Most expensive imaging satellite.

NASA and ISRO will jointly develop and launch the world’s biggest and most expensive earth imaging satellite, costing $1.5 billion. The satellite has been named NISAR – NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar. This is two frequency RADAR, it is an L-band 24 centimetre RADAR and S-band 13 centimetre. S-band is being built by ISRO and L-band by NASA.

ISRO to launch rocket in June

India plans to launch next month its most powerful rocket that is capable of transporting a heavier 4-tonne communications satellite. ISRO will launch the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV) Mark-III in the first week of June. It will also enable ISRO to launch from India heavier communications spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km.

South Asia Satellite to launch today

The South Asia Satellite is all set to be launched this evening by the Indian Space Research organization, ISRO. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV F-09 carrying the communication and broadcasting satellite will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. In total, it would be the 11th flight of the GSLV.

GSAT-9 or the South Asia Satellite

This space mission, GSAT-9 or the South Asia Satellite, will carry a new feature that will eventually make advanced Indian spacecraft far lighter. The 2,195-kg GSAT-9, due to take off on a GSLV rocket on May 5, carries an electric propulsion or
EP system. The hardware is a first on an Indian spacecraft.

PM Modi’s Rs 450 cr satellite gift

India is embarking on an unprecedented and unchartered ‘stratospheric diplomacy’ through a special Rs 450 crore gift for south Asians. On May 5, the Geo- synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) also called the ‘naughty boy of Isro’ will be launched on its 11th mission. The uniqueness of this satellite is that it will have a footprint that extends all over South Asia.

ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite

India plans to launch on May 5 the ‘South Asia Satellite’ that will benefit all the countries in the region, except Pakistan which is not a part of the project. It will be launched from Sriharikota. Sources said the satellite is designed for a mission life of more than 12 years. Each country would be responsible for content generation and its use.

Mongolia launches its first satellite

Mongolia launched its first satellite as part of its efforts to make use of new technology to diversify its resource-dependent economy. The 1,227-megahertz satellite, called Mongol Sat-1, will help landlocked Mongolia expand its television, telecoms and broadband services. The satellite was launched in partnership with Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS).

Lithium Battery Technique

ISRO has developed lithium ion battery for satellite and launch vehicle applications. 4 types of batteries have been developed – 1.5Ah, 5Ah, 50Ah and 100Ah. Out of these, 1.5Ah & 50Ah have been used for space applications and 5Ah & 100Ah batteries are qualified and is ready for induction in space applications. Lithium ion is a type of rechargeable battery.

ISRO embraces private sector

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the private sector are now working shoulder-to-shoulder with government engineers to create a new satellite. ISRO is engaging for the first time a private sector industry to make a full multi-crore, heavy duty and full navigation satellite. ISRO has an experience of almost 150 missions and three decades of space faring.

NASA-ISRO to work on NISAR

ISRO & NASA are jointly working on the development of Dual Frequency Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite named as NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar. The data obtained from this satellite will be useful for a variety of application, which include natural resources mapping and monitoring etc. The data obtained is not meant for building climate resilience.

Chandrayaan-1 still orbiting Moon

India’s first lunar probe – the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft – which was considered lost, is still orbiting the Moon. NASA scientists have found the satellite, using a new ground-based radar technique. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with Chandrayaan-1 in August 2009, almost a year after it was launched in October, 2008.

Food Legumes Research Platform

Cabinet has approved the establishment of Food Legumes Research Platform at Amlaha, Sehore, MP. Its Satellite Hubs will be developed in West Bengal (for pulses) and Rajasthan (for Natural Resource Management) by ICARDA in the second phase. The establishment of FLRP in India will enable India to harness the best of international science in meeting the emerging food security challenges.

Launch of 104 satellites in one mission

ISRO’s PSLV will carry a record 104 satellites in a single mission on Feb 15 from Sriharikota. PSLV-C37 will launch the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation along with 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift off.The co-passenger satellites will be of India, US, Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and UAE

GSAT-11 to be launched in 2017

The GSAT-11 with its lift-off mass of about 5600 Kg is the heaviest communication spacecraft to be launched in the year 2017 using Ariane-5 launch vehicle. GSAT-11 is a multi-beam satellite with 32 user beams and 8 hub beams operating over India in Ka/Ku bands employing frequency reuse technique. It will provide higher capacity for interactive applications using VSAT terminals

ISRO develop TTCP for Spacecraft

ISRO has indigenously developed Telemetry and Telecomm and processor for communication. The TTCP was developed by Isro Satellite Centre (Isac) in Bengaluru. The TTCP will be first used on the GSAT-19, which will be launched on the first development flight of the indigenously developed GSLV-Mk III-D1.

Mysterious X-rays point to dark matter

A small but distinctive X-ray signal detected from the Milky Way galaxy by NASA’s Chandra satellite may help prove the existence of dark matter. It found more X-ray photons with a particular energy than would be expected if they were produced only by familiar processes.Those photons could in fact have been generated by the decay of dark matter particles.

Atomic clocks on satellite develop snag

The atomic clocks on the first satellite IRNSS-1A of the NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) has developed a technical snag. Each satellite has 3 clocks and a total of 27 clocks for the navigation satellite system. The troubled IRNSS-1A spacecraft was put in space in July 2013 and has an expected life span of 10 years.The satellites were built at a cost of ` 1420 crore.

North Korea restarts reactor

New commercial satellite imagery suggests North Korea has resumed operation of a reactor at its main nuclear site that is used to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons program, a US thinktank said. Washington’s 38 North project, which monitors North Korea, said previous analysis from 18 January showed signs that North Korea was preparing to restart the reactor at Yongbyon.

Japan launches military satellite

Japan has successfully launched its first military communications satellite Kirameki-2 from the H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The satellite has been designed to upgrade Japan’s existing communication network in the face of China’s increasingly assertive maritime activity and North Korea’s missile threat.

INS Vikramaditya to have ATM

INS Vikramaditya, the largest warship operated by India, will have an ATM that will operate through a satellite link. This is for the first time that an an Indian warship will have an ATM. The ship is 285 metres long and 60 metres wide with 23 decks.

US Launches Missile-Warning Satellite

20 : The US military has launched the SBIRS Geo-3 satellite using Atlas V rocket from Florida to monitor possible missile attacks. Space-Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, is a system of satellite-mounted sensors, designed to detect missile launches in order to provide an advance warning of any imminent threat. The Air Force fired the Geo-1 & Geo-2 satellites into space in 2011 & 2013 respectively.

One More Second Added to IST

A ‘leap second’ was added to the Indian clock to synchronise with the Earth’s rotational clock. As the atomic clock at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) struck 23:59:59, it was programmed to add an extra second to 2017 to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth’s rotation. Adding a second barely has an impact on the daily life,but it does matter in the fields of satellite & communication.

Mars Probe Returns First Pictures

Europe’s and Russia’s new satellite at Mars has sent back its first images of the planet. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) arrived on 19 October, putting itself in a highly elliptical parking orbit. TGO passed over a region called Hebes Chasma at its closest approach, just 250km from the Martian terrain. TGO sensors NOMAD and ACS also came through their early tests successfully.

China Launches Tianlian I-04 Satellite

China has successfully launched its 4th data satellite, Tianlian I-04. The satellite was launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest Sichuan province. The satellite will provide data relay, measurement and control services for Chinas manned spacecraft, space labs and space stations as well as nation’s Earth-orbiting resources satellites.

China Launches Quantum Communication

China has launched a quantum communication line of 712 kilometers in length that is meant to safely transmit sensitive information. It is expected to be extended to 2,000 kilometers soon. The line connecting Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, and Shanghai, a coastal trade hub. It transmitted a secure video conference between the two cities in one of its first test communications.

NASA Launches Weather Satellite

NASA has successfully launched the “next generation” US advanced weather satellites GOES-R. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) will reach its final designated orbit in the next two weeks,. GOES-R will provide more accurate and timely forecasts about hurricanes and storms.

China launches pulsar satellite

China has successfully launched a navigation satellite that will conduct in-orbit experiments. The X-ray pulsar navigation satellite XPNAV-1 was launched Nov. The experimental pulsar navigation mission carries 2 sensors to pick up incoming X-rays from objects scattered across the galaxy & use the detections to plot the craft’s position without relying on GPS satellites.

China Launch Pulsar Navigation Satellite

China has launched a navigation satellite, which will conduct in-orbit experiments using pulsar detectors to demonstrate new technologies. The X-ray pulsar navigation satellite was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The X-ray pulsar captures X-ray signals emitted from pulsars. By mapping those signals, they can be used to determine spacecraft location in deep space.

South Asian satellite to launch in 2017

India’s ambitious South Asian satellite, proposed by PM Narendra Modi for the benefit of SAARC members, will be launched in March 2017. The satellite was originally scheduled for launch by ISRO in December 2016. Modi, during the SAARC summit in 2014, had announced launching of a SAARC satellite as a gift for members of the regional grouping in various fields like telecommunication.

China launches a satellite to get accurate images of earth

China has launched a new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging satellite Gaofen-3 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi Province. The Satellite will provide accurate pictures of earth with an ability to photograph detailed scenarios of its specific areas. It was the 233rd flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. The Gaofen-3 and the Long March 4C rocket were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, under the guidance of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

IBM and Apple open first global development hub in India

IBM in partnership with Apple has launched a new global development hub at Manyata Tech Park, Bengaluru. The hub mainly aims to help the clients in India complete digital mobility process platform. IBM is also planning to launch satellite centres in many other countries including China, Romania, and Brazil.

China successfully launches the first satellite for mobile telecommunication

China has successfully launched the first Tiantong satellite for mobile telecommunication at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, with the Long March-3B carrier rocket. It is the first satellite of China’s home-made satellite mobile telecom system and a key part of the country’s space information infrastructure. Tiantong-01 was designed by China Academy of Space Technology and its ground service will be operated by China Telecom.

Mobile Satellite 4F2

A satellite, 4F2, belonging to a London-based mobile satellite communication company moves over India, above the Equator, in the space after travelling more than 4,000 km over several months.