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.