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  1. Although Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Lander failed to make its intended soft-landing on the moon, the mission is still considered to be a success. However, it looks like ISRO really wants to get that lander on the lunar surface, and hence the organisation has begun work on a second attempt. Earlier this month, ISRO Chief K.Sivan had confirmed the government's approval for a spacecraft and a rover to land on the Moon's south pole. The mission is scheduled to take place next year, but it looks like work has already begun. © Reuters While addressing at a space event in Bengaluru, ISRO chief K. Sivan confirmed yet again that they've started working on the third lunar mission i.e Chandrayaan 3 . The mission will see the landing on an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon's south pole. "We have started working on our third lunar mission to land an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon's south pole. The project work has gained momentum to launch the lander and rover by early 2021," he said. India's first attempt to land on the lunar surface, in case you don't know, didn't go exactly as planned. The Vikram lander crash-landed on the Moon's surface due to a velocity glitch. The orbiter, however, didn't have any issues and it continued to send valuable info back to ISRO. © Reuters That being said, the next mission will not have an orbiter. ISRO will only be sending a lander and a rover to the moon, which means the mission might not be as expensive as the last one. Still, the lander, rover and the rocket itself will cost a total of Rs 610 crores, out of which Rs 360 crore will go towards the GSLV-MkIII launch vehicle. It's the same vehicle that successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on July 22, 2019. Source: Firstpost View the full article
  2. Remember Sophia, the creepy looking humanoid robot who wanted to kill humans? Well, it looks like she has a new friend as ISRO has unveiled a prototype humanoid named âVyommitraâ which will go as a trial before the Gaganyaan goes with astronauts. Well, at least this new one hasn't made any threats to humans. Yet. Yes, I know this is some scientific breakthrough and stuff, but, just like Sophia, this one also looks quite creepy, just see for yourself. Humanoid for Gaganyaan unveiled. This is the prototype humanoid which will go as trial before #gaganyaan goes with astronauts. This humanoid speaks too and is named Vyom Mitra . pic.twitter.com/TKX6pbLyrb â Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) January 22, 2020 Robots, in general, are quite unsettling, I can't help it. Okay, coming back to ISRO, while talking to TOI last year, Chairman K Sivan said, "The humanoid is almost ready. We want to make sure that this mission serves a purpose displaying our ability to send humans and bring them back safely." He added, "Our robot will be like a human, and be able to do whatever a man can do, although not as extensively as humans. We want to show that even the first flight will not go empty and also ensure that we utilise the opportunity in a maximum way. We have our own humanoid model that will be used." Well, now here it is! © Twitter And, it's obviously getting trolled already, because it's Twitter and that's just how things work. pic.twitter.com/Z2AyJP4I6I â Rajiv Singh (@RajivSinhg) January 22, 2020 Definitely. Severely malnourished... â Prattush (@ekl4vya) January 22, 2020 Apparently. So this humanoid is Bengali, Mitra . https://t.co/7dpv4tte4P â Arunudoy ভà¦à§à¦à¦¾à¦à¦¾à¦°à§à¦¯ (@ArunudoyB) January 22, 2020 Hmm. So the 1st "official" humanoid in space will b a female that too from India. https://t.co/wfnv6FOXbR â I.N.A. 99th Brigade (@INA99thBrigade) January 22, 2020 Way to go! First glimpse of 'Vyommitra', the humanoid for #Gaganyaan unveiled.@isro's half humanoid 'Vyommitra' to be placed in the first unmanned mission under #Gaganyaan to simulate most of the human body functions Way to go @isro !pic.twitter.com/VT2KKYuEKv â Sunil Deodhar (@Sunil_Deodhar) January 22, 2020 Explanation. Vyom (वà¥à¤¯à¥à¤®) derived from Sanskrit vyoman (वà¥à¤¯à¥à¤®à¤¨), meaning atmosphere (sky, wind or air), welfare, preservation, etc. It is also another name of Lord Ganesha. https://t.co/X0jsHqnm0f â Pallavi Kamat (@Pallavisms) January 22, 2020 View the full article
  3. 2019, as we already know, was a fantastic year for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). After the 'Chandrayaan 2' mission, it looks like the organization wants to continue doing big things in 2020 as well. ISRO chief K Sivan, recently, addressed the media to outline some of the upcoming launches and missions. We're looking at two different big mission that are lined up for ISRO. One is 'Chandrayaan 3', which is a highly talked-about mission. Along with that, ISRO will also be working on the 'Gaganyaan' mission. It's said that the 'Gaganyaan' mission will be done in parallel with 'Chandrayaan 3'. © Reuters 'Gaganyaan' mission, for those of you who don't know, will be ISRO's first spacecraft mission. The mission will see India sending humans into space for the first time. The astronauts will be sent for a minimum for 7 days by 2022, which is simply awesome. The test flights for the mission will likely begin by the end of this year if everything goes smoothly. The spacecraft that will be used to carry the astronauts will be developed by ISRO and it'll consist of a service module and crew module. © Reuters The astronauts for the mission got shortlisted after a series of tests conducted both in India and Russia. All four of them have been confirmed to be Indian Air Force pilots. The astronauts will be trained in Russia during which they'll be sharing their expertise on human space flights. The training is set to begin by the third week of January. Although the 'Gaganyaan mission won't be finished by 2022, a huge chunk of the important work will be done this year itself, including the astronaut training. We hope to get constant and timely updated from ISRO on this, so we'll keep you posted. Source: Ministry of Info & Broadcast View the full article
  4. There is no dearth of talent in India and anyone who knows or has heard about P Kunhikrishnan's skills, can vouch for the same. Kunhikrishnan is currently the Director of U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) in Bengaluru and reportedly played a key role as Project Director of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project from June 1, 2010 to March 31, 2015. But, that's not why we're talking about him. We're talking about him because he's also a professional flute player. Recently, the Parliamentary Standing Committee held its last meeting of the year at ISRO and to end it on a beautiful note, he played flute at the meeting. His musical performance was shared by Jairam Ramesh on social media with the caption, "The Parliamentary Standing Committee ended its last meeting at ISRO with a flute performance by the Director of its Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, P. Kunhikrishnan, who is also a professional flute player! He played the evergreen Vatapi Ganapatim Bhaje." The Parliamentary Standing Committee ended it's last meeting at ISRO with a flute performance by the Director of its Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, P. Kunhikrishnan, who is also a professional flute player! He played the evergreen Vatapi Ganapatim Bhaje. Sharing a snippet. pic.twitter.com/AkwwPh9oZY — Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) December 29, 2019 Kunhikrishnan's performance has now struck a chord with thousands of people on social media, who can't stop praising him. Awesome..this is what makes us to feel great about these scientists apart from the scientific achievements..kudos. also this is the learning for upcoming talents at ISRO to take this institution to new heights — Nithya (@bhide11) December 29, 2019 We may make satellites, we can build indeginous rockets, we can explore space, we may be doctors in the USA, we may be in high paying jobs in the west, we may head MNCs like pepsi n Google, bt what makes us Indians unique is that we are deeply rooted in our tradition. â¤this vid — Naushad Ahmed (@Naushad19498539) December 29, 2019 Kudos to you for sharing something fresh .... nice one... — Som Panda (@SOMPANDAODIA) December 29, 2019 Malayalee's and classical Music are inseparable, in many instances. Dr.K.Radhakrishnan, former chairman, was also a trained singer.ð — pandurangavittal.vn (@vittal_vn) December 29, 2019 I once attended the arangetram of a friend's daughter for which the violin vidwan was a rocket propulsion scientist from @ISRO. Much respect for the science and progress that ISRO exemplifies and and even more for illustrating that talent and ability are rarely unidimensional. — Arun Katiyar (@arunkatiyar) December 30, 2019 Beautiful rendition by kunhikrisnan — sanjiv swarup (@swappy58) December 30, 2019 View the full article
  5. 2019 was a crucial year for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) because of Chandrayaan 2 mission. Although we lost both the lander and the orbiter this year, the mission was still a success since the orbiter survived and it even sent some valuable info. Now, it looks like 2020 is going to be even more special for ISRO and our country because the agency has confirmed that it intends to send a second mission to soft-land on the moon by November 2020. © Reuters Dubbed as the Chandrayaan 3 mission, the engineers and scientists at ISRO are planning to design and build an entirely new lander and rover. And since Chandrayaan 2 mission already left an orbiter that's currently orbiting the Moon, the next mission will not feature an orbiter of its own. Instead of that, the lander and the rover will be accompanied by an additional "detachable module" that packs the engine and fuel needed for the journey. According to reports, this module will be called the "propulsion module" The Chandrayaan 3 mission will also feature fewer orbital maneuvers than Chandrayaan 2. © Reuters By the time the next moon mission is ready to go, it would have been a year and a few weeks since the last attempt. It'll be interesting to see how the next mission will pan out. We hope everything goes as per the plan next year and we successfully land on the moon. We believe the preparations for the next mission have already started, and we wish all the engineers and scientists at ISRO very good luck. Source: The Times Of India View the full article
  6. September was a crucial month for ISRO and its scientists, who were working hard on Chandrayaan 2 Moon mission. But as the space agency was trying to land the Vikram lander on the Moon, its system was attacked by North Korean hackers. That's right! ISRO's systems were attacked by North Korean hackers during the Chandrayaan 2 Moon mission, which started on July 22 and ended on September 7. According to Yash Kadakia, the founder of a Mumbai-based cybersecurity company, the same server which was used to send phishing emails to senior scientists of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was used to send similar emails to an ISRO scientist and other officials on various boards of the space agency. © ISRO Kadakia says that the target received the link via emails and they clicked on it. He further noted that his company has the email address of the targeted ISRO scientist and they've shared it with the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) so they can look into it and investigate. Following these reports, ISRO has indeed confirmed that they were alerted about a possible breach by CERT-In during the Chandrayaan 2 mission. "I can only comment that we also got the alert... our cybersecurity team got into action, they checked the whole thing and we were unaffected", said an ISRO official while speaking to The Quint. On this, the Cybersecurity experts commented that such an alert would only come from CERT-In if there was an actual intrusion into its systems, which was the case with the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. So yeah, it has now been confirmed that ISRO was attacked North Korean hackers and they were alerted about the breach just days before they attempted to land Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander on the moon. © Reuters Since the ISRO officials didn't give details about the breach, it's hard to tell exactly what the hackers were trying to accomplish. The ISRO officials have noted that they've checked and their systems are unaffected, but they didn't explicitly mention what did they do after the alert and what precautionary measures they've taken to make sure this doesn't happen again. We hope to learn more about this in the coming days, so we'll keep you posted with all the developments. Also, this is a good time to remind you to beware of phishing emails. Don't click the links that may you receive in an email from a random and unknown sender. Source: The Quint View the full article
  7. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) was celebrating World Space Week and everything was going smoothly, until people got to know who the event's chief guest was - Chetan Bhagat. People didn't feel this bad even when ISRO lost contact with Vikram Lander, as much as they are hurt after learning that Chetan Bhagat was their chief guest. Bhagat posted pictures from the event, expressing how honoured he is to be the chief guest of this event. He wrote, "Really honoured to be the Chief Guest at ISRO for the recent celebrations of the World Space Week. I can't believe one of India's finest organisations chose me to address them. Truly a big moment of my life - my own moon landing." Really honoured to be the Chief Guest at ISRO for the recent celebrations of the World Space Week. I can't believe one of India's finest organisations chose me to address them. Truly a big moment of my life - my own moon landing! #isro #chetanbhagat #worldspaceweek ð ð pic.twitter.com/43W5qC5qwW — Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) November 4, 2019 Bhagat was hoping that his 12.6 million followers will celebrate this news with him. But, what happened next was something that we did expect to happen, but not too soon and definitely not in such a brutal way. Hey, let's respect this man! If he can judge a dance reality show despite being an author, he can definitely address scientists at ISRO. What if his next is a science fiction called 'Vikram Blunder' or '2 Satellites'? On a serious note, let's hope he doesn't write it though. But, people 'launched' a meme fest and starting roasting him brutally for something that wasn't exactly his fault. That man got the invite, he went there. Well, that's exactly why people didn't spare ISRO either. Many joked how ISRO has lost its senses after losing Vikram Lander. Sir aap ISRO ki kisi rocket mein baithke space kyu nahin chale jate...hum dharti wale log sada aapke aabhari rahenge ð­ð­ — IRONY MAN (@karanku100) November 4, 2019 With losing all communication with Chandrayan-2 Lander Vikram, looks like ISRO has also lost its senses inviting this joker as a Chief Guest. Even he can't believe it! — Sangita (@Sanginamby) November 5, 2019 Surely, an organisation that reaches for the stars can get a real star. This is like #AIIMS inviting a homeopath to address its annual conference — JayEnAar (@GorwayGlobal) November 5, 2019 Dont know about your feeling honoured. ISRO surely has dishonoured itself by calling you. — Syed Usman (@Sydusm) November 5, 2019 I didn't knew that ISRO was going through such a bad phase. Sad really sad. ð¥ð¥ð¥ — DrDv (@DrDineshVerma7) November 5, 2019 ISRO is mad or what …. We are all wondering why they made @chetan_bhagat Chief Guest... Even Chetan himself is puzzled... But then their earlier guests included a snooper and another guy who is accused of murdering his own wife...https://t.co/MoaIL7CXfM — Cloud Cover, z way of Life (@MrRightCenter) November 4, 2019 Wow @isro invites a legendary technocrat & motivational speaker Hon'ble @chetan_bhagat as Chief Guest on "World Space Week" The team would have learned to make "Half- Satellite (Girlfriend) or 2 Satellite (States) or 3 Missiles (mistakes of my life) ðð¤£ð¤£ — Dr. Dinesh Goyal (@skmandin13) November 6, 2019 Seriously, why do people hate Chetan Bhagat so much? They didn't even hate Arjun Kapoor this much for his 'exceptionally brilliant' performance in Panipat trailer. View the full article
  8. Over the last few years, India has been on an all-time high when it comes to its indigenous productions and successes. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has a myriad of achievements to its credit, and a large number of them have made India proud across the globe. Yet again, the organisation has scripted history by successfully launching a satellite which will reportedly also double up as a counter-terrorism tool and help track terrorist movements, amongst a lot of other things. ð®ð³ #ISROMissions ð®ð³#PSLVC46 successfully injects #RISAT2B into Low Earth Orbit. Here's the view of #RISAT2B separation captured by our onboard camera Our updates will continue. pic.twitter.com/WUTBdNH2XJ — ISRO (@isro) May 22, 2019 Named RISAT-2B, which is short for Radar Imaging Satellite-2B, it is a super surveillance satellite which was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Weighing 615kgs, the satellite will also play an important role in the field of agriculture, forestry and disaster management support. ð®ð³ #ISROMissions ð®ð³ For those who missed watching the launch live, take a look at the majestic lift-off of #PSLVC46! Mission accomplished successfully! pic.twitter.com/Nec1XkQ7bt — ISRO (@isro) May 22, 2019 ISRO Chairman, K Sivan told the media that, "This is a very, very important mission for India. It is an excellent satellite with hi-fi earth observation (capabilities).” An HT report also suggested that the RISAT-2B, with its synthetic aperture radar, can observe Earth and the Indian borders all the time all times, even on a cloudy day. (We suppose now PM Modi wouldn't have to worry about others trying to attack India under cloud cover. Hehe!) © Twitter The satellite will stay in orbit for the next five years, and take over the responsibilities carried by RISAT-2. RISAT-2 had been used to monitor and thwart infiltration by terrorists across the Indian subcontinent. Furthermore, this was the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota and marks ISRO's third launch in 2019. People cannot stop lauding the organisations achievements: Congratulations team ISRO. #Incredible_India ð®ð³ — IRONY MAN (@karanku100) May 22, 2019 Proud to be an Indian... Congratulations ISRO. U make every Indian feel more proud in every achievement. #JaiHind #ISRO — Pavithraa (@pavithra_pc) May 22, 2019 It's a great honour to you team isro...... — Roushan Narayan (@roushan_narayan) May 22, 2019 Congratulations @isro - Indian Space Research Organisation for successfully launching the highly capable #RISAT2B satellite that will equip our armed forces to increase vigilance at our porous & vulnerable borders. #PSLVC46 #ISROMissions #ISRO #GajananSays — Gajanan Krishna Maharajð®ð³ (@GajananAstro) May 22, 2019
  9. In his much-hyped and anticipated address to the nation a couple of days back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India is now a space-power, as DRDO successfully destroyed a low earth orbit satellite in space using a missile. While the government claims that the ASAT test has provided 'credible deterrence' against the threats to the country's space-based assets, a former ISRO Satellite Communication Engineer thinks that this won't be effective at all. First of all, in case you don't know what the announcement was all about then here's PM Modi's address to the nation - Now, let's see what N Kalyan Raman, former ISRO Satellite Communication Engineer, who has worked with ISRO for over two decades thinks. According to him, India won't be able to knock out the satellites that are in the higher orbit with its missile. “Most of the countries' satellites are in the higher orbit, and even with this India won't be able to knock out those satellites,” he said. Kalyan noted that Mission Shakti doesn't quite add up in a war-like situation. In fact, he says there are a lot of other ways through which one can keep an eye on the enemies. He said, “In a war like situation, if a country wants to spy on its enemies there are various ways to do it-- for example, Google Earth. All you need is good resolution photos. Why do we even need this?” © ISRO Raman firmly believes that India's anti-satellite test was more a demonstration of its ballistic missile defence system, rather than its ability to challenge its adversaries in space. On the same lines, even Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, told the WIRED that India needs to balance things out if it's interested in getting into the anti-satellite deterrence game. He added that China can knock out all of India's satellites, but India can't really do the same.
  10. At an age when most of us were struggling with assignments, students today are doing and creating things that are far bigger than most of our greatest imaginations. Just like this bunch of students who made a satellite that was recently launched into space by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). ð®ð³ #ISROMissions ð®ð³#PSLVC44 sits pretty on the launchpad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota under the watchful eyes of the #Moon, ahead of its midnight launch tomorrow (Jan 24), carrying #Kalamsat and #MicrosatR. Updates will continue. pic.twitter.com/DA1fatQA5U — ISRO (@isro) January 23, 2019 Developed by Space Kidz India, a Chennai-based organisation of students, this satellite called Kalamsat can help in communication during times of disasters such as cyclones and floods. This is said to be the world's smallest (weighs 1.2 kg approx.) and lightest communication satellite and it was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. #ISROMissions ð®ð³ Mission Accomplished! ð®ð³ Thank You for your support!#PSLVC44 #MicrosatR#KalamsatV2 pic.twitter.com/uNqK8vf74L — ISRO (@isro) January 24, 2019 Kalamsat was named after the former President of India and noted scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and will be carried by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). In fact, PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL. This is the first ever satellite made by students that will use PS4 (the fourth stage) as the orbital platform. This is reportedly the 46th flight of the PSLV and is also carrying Microsat-R, an imaging and surveillance satellite for the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation). ð®ð³ #ISROMissions ð®ð³ Take a look the mission at a glance.#PSLVC44 #MicrosatR#KalamsatV2 pic.twitter.com/GTlKYY3dhZ — ISRO (@isro) January 24, 2019 While announcing Kalamsat's launch in New Delhi, ISRO chairman K. Sivan said, "The main purpose of student satellites is to enable students to conduct experiments in space. We see that students get involved in the whole process of building the associated systems, including the satellite bust and power system, instead of concentrating on the main science." Sivan further added, "We wanted to tell them that they can just bring their payload and we will plug in. All the paraphernalia is available with us. Students should just focus on the science, experiment, research and innovation."
  11. India's space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is planning to launch 32 missions this year and it includes a lunar landing mission called the Chandrayaan-2. “The year 2019 promises to be challenging to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) community with 32 planned missions,” chairman K Sivan said in a message to his employees on New Year on Tuesday. © ISRO / GSAT-19 Launch The most significant of these launches will be the Rs 800 crore lunar mission, a successor to the Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe. The Chandrayaan-2 will be a land rover, and the first one to traverse near the lunar south pole. The wheeled rover will move on the lunar surface and will perform on-site chemical analysis. India is also working on its first human space mission to the Moon that is currently slated for 2021-22. Last year, Prime Minister Modi announced the program and will enable ISRO to finally accomplish its dream of undertaking a human spaceflight programme. © ISRO / LVM-3 So far, the space agency has successfully tested the escape system of the crew module and are confident they shall be able to pursue the human mission within the current timelines. ISRO regularly launches various satellites that benefit the country as well as help in churning profits thanks to overseas clients. The GSAT-20 mission will provide sufficient bandwidth requirement to fulfill Digital India scheme remotely as well as pushing in-flight connectivity. © ISRO It will be the first ISRO-made satellite to attempt to move from a geostationary transfer orbit to a geosynchronous orbit using electric propulsion. 2019 also marks the birth centenary of the founding father of ISRO, Vikram Sarabhai. The agency will host a year-long celebration starting August 12 with national and international events as well as fellowships and scholarships for university students. © ISRO / ADMIRE ISRO is also researching on reusable rockets and it's being called ADMIRE. According to Times of India, ISRO has plans for a test site and a test as well. These are expected to be off of its usual launchpad in Sriharikota, although the dates are unknown. Details about ADMIRE remain under the wraps for now, but according to a few schematics, it'll be a two-stage rocket slightly smaller than the PSLV. (With inputs from IANS)
  12. India is on an all-time high when it comes to its indigenous productions and successes. The Indian Space research Organisation, better known as ISRO happens to be one such organisation that has done India proud on multiple occasions. And ISRO has done it all over again by successfully launching India's heaviest rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-MkII), that was carrying communication satellite GSAT-29 from the rocket port in Sriharikota. It is being reported that GSAT-29 has been launched for better communication opportunities in remote areas. The GSLV-Mk III weighs 640 tons and was 43.4 metres in height. The rocket took off from the Sriharikota port at 5.08 pm today. © Twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated ISRO for the successful launch. Prime Minister @narendramodi congratulates the scientists at ISRO on the successful launch of communications satellite GSAT-29 in the orbit today. Read more here: https://t.co/DBJQsX90zw#ISRO #GSAT29 #Sriharikota pic.twitter.com/bXVFQqi5Q2 — NDTV (@ndtv) November 14, 2018 ISRO Successfully Places GSLV-MK-III D2 Carrying GSAT-29 Communications Satellite In Orbit. Satellite Will Help Provide Internet Connectivity To Jammu & Kashmir And Northeast India. Kudos To ISRO. ððð®ð³ #ISRO #GSAT29 #Sriharikota pic.twitter.com/BbFAGXo6t6 — Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) November 14, 2018 Congrats @isro for successful launch of GSLV MKIII ! #ISRO https://t.co/i6iKNvnlA3 — Nupur Sharma (@NupurSharmaBJP) November 14, 2018 Congratulations @ISRO! Successful mission of #GSLVMkIIID2 to launch #GSAT29. After this second operational mission of the GSLV Mark III rocket (ISRO's largest) - it is ready for the operational phase. GSLV Mark III will be the key for #ChandraYaan and #GaganYaan missions. pic.twitter.com/cd5QHNMdbo — Amit Paranjape (@aparanjape) November 14, 2018 This is a real proud moment for every Indian, as we continue to take a step closer to greater technological achievements. Two more launches are scheduled before the year ends, with the GSAT-7A satellite for use by the Indian Air Force set to hit the floors later this month, and the GSAT-11, which was recalled from the launchpad in April year during pre-flight tests. Great work by the capable people at ISRO.
  13. ISRO's workhorse, PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) has once again proven why it is among the most sought launch vehicles in the industry. Codenamed the C42 launch, the rocket has successfully placed two British satellites in their respective orbits. The two satellites belong to Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and were placed in orbit after 17.5 minutes of lift-off. Right now, the NovaSAR and S1-4 are orbiting around the planet in a sun-synchronous orbit, at a height of 583kms. © ISRO The NovaSAR is an S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use & ice cover monitoring, flood & disaster monitoring. The S1-4 is a high-resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for the disaster monitoring. This mission marks the 44th launch for the PSLV rocket system. As of now, the vehicle has launched 51 Indian satellites and 237 for customers from 28 countries. Following the successful launch, ISRO plans to launch eight missions carrying 10 satellites in six months. Update #4 Chairman Dr K Sivan (centre) with team from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, UK, after final site inspection ahead of today's scheduled 10:08 pm (IST) launch of #PSLVC42 carrying NovaSAR & S1-4 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota#ISROMissions#PSLV pic.twitter.com/B4UiLmWIp3 — ISRO (@isro) September 16, 2018 These for-profit launches are handled by ISRO's commercial arm, Antrix Corporation Limited. Sources close to the launch have said that the two UK satellites shall bring in more than Rs 200 Crore. The organisation is aiming a total of Rs 980 crore in revenue via commercial launches by 2020. This isn't the first time India has launched satellites for the British. Back in 2015, the PSLV-C28 mission carried five satellites that were also built by SSTL. ISRO's PSLV has a very good track record in terms of cost and reliability, it currently carries a 94 per cent rating, failing only thrice. © ISRO The PSLV was first tested in 1993 and has been at the front-line of ISRO's operations ever since. It is capable of carrying up to 3,800kg of payload to Low Earth Orbit and consists of four stages. © ISRO ISRO has lined 19 missions till March 2019, informed Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairperson of the ISRO. The organisation is also working on sending its first manned space mission by 2022, dubbed the Gaganyaan, it will put India in the same league as countries like the US, Russia, and China.
  14. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is known for undertaking record-breaking missions which are so cost-effective that they leave the rest of the world bewildered. Obviously, they receive a lot of scrutiny and criticism for the same but ISRO has time and again proved that it is possible to achieve success while being smart about the costs. The best example would be the Mars Mission Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission – the inter-planetary mission which was launched in 2013. The mission's cost was Rs. 470 crores which is less than the making of the movie 'Gravity' (Rs. 644 crores) and the entire world was all praises for ISRO. And the space agency is at it again with a new mission. ISRO is about to launch its second moon mission- 'Chandrayaan 2' in April. Now that itself is a feat; however, what it will cost will leave you speechless. The entire mission will cost around Rs. 800 crores, an amount of money which most of us might not even see in our whole lives. But before you start debating this exorbitant amount, think about how much it took to make the movie 'Interstellar'. © Paramount Pictures Let us enlighten you. The blockbuster sci-fi movie had a production budget of around Rs. 1062 crores which is way more than ISRO's budget for reaching the moon for the second time. But how do they achieve it? © Twitter In an interview to Times of India, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan explained, "Simplifying the system, miniaturising the complex big system, strict quality control and maximising output from a product make our space missions frugal and cost-effective. We keep strict vigil on each and every stage of development of a spacecraft or a rocket and, therefore, we are able to avoid wastage of products, which helps us minimise the mission cost." Although whatever goes behind the mission sounds great, it isn't going to be an easy one for ISRO. Dr K Sivan said further, "We have identified two locations and will be choosing one. No other moon mission has landed in this area.” ð®ð³India planning to land in pole position on Moon. In ambitious effort @isro plans to land Chandrayaan-2 Mission near Moon's South Pole & release a rover to probe this never explored area.ðhttps://t.co/VkcMYSsFbn pic.twitter.com/HsgnMRe4ag — #FindingGaurav © (@confess2gaurav) February 5, 2018 Well, if that doesn't make you proud of the organization, we don't what will. While the expected date of the launch is supposed to be in April this year, it might be shifted to November in case various factors like moon's relative position with respect to the Earth do not work in our favor.
  15. While KJo is busy launching posters the ISRO recently celebrated an achievement that made the nation proud. Today, they launched their 100th satellite, the Cartosat-2 Series, into space along with satellites from 6 other countries. Here's the moment the rocket, PSLV-C40 took off: My heartiest congratulations to @isro and its scientists on the successful launch of PSLV today. This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 12, 2018 Kind of anti-climactic isn't it? But, don't worry, we promise not to bore you… The internet had a lot to say about this historic moment. Here's a collection of some of the best tweets we could find. A matter of immense pride & joy. Congratulations to the scientists of @ISRO on the successful launch of #PSLV C40. You all have set another example of space cooperation by launching satellites of 6 nations along with our own Cartosat-2 series satellite. pic.twitter.com/BrVCKsz55j — Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) January 12, 2018 Congratulations to #ISRO team of scientists & engineers on successful launch of PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 other satellites. With this #ISRO has launched 100th satellite & achieved a great feat and made the country proud. — Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) January 12, 2018 Congratulations ISRO. Congratulations India. A matter of great pride for India and its scientist community. I have always said that India has the best talent in the world. We only need to give them freedom, resources and no political interference https://t.co/oAeWV2A1pE — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 12, 2018 The ISRO's achievement of launching 100 satellites is historic in many ways and a big landmark in India's journey into the space. The scientists at ISRO have carved a special place in the astronomical space. — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 12, 2018 #ISRO Successfully launches its 100th Satellite: #PSLVC40 rocket carries #Cartosat2 and 30 other Micro & Nano Satellites from US, Canada & other nations in single mission from #Sriharikota Congratulations to @isro Team. Proud moment for every Indian.#JaiHind #VandeMataram ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/RCVlouK8qj — Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) January 12, 2018 Mission one of 2018, and they've scored the century already. Congratulations #ISRO on launching the 100th Indian satellite. pic.twitter.com/WthSs0aPhS — Google India (@GoogleIndia) January 12, 2018 Congratulations to @isro for creating history yet again. Your hard work and dedication has made India the pioneer of space program. — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 12, 2018 Congratulations on the 100th satellite #ISRO! pic.twitter.com/axbuPg7px7 — Zomato India (@ZomatoIN) January 12, 2018 Congratulations #ISRO for the milestone achievement of successfully launching 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission from Sriharikota. Wishing @isro for future endeavors and hope they continue to do India proud! #PSLVC40 pic.twitter.com/sZIkbx9YcZ — KJ George (@thekjgeorge) January 12, 2018 Launch of India's 100th satellite Cartosat-2, along with two co-passenger satellites as well as 28 satellites of six friendly countries, is a moment of pride for every Indian. Congratulations to @isro team of exceptional scientists. A milestone for our country #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 12, 2018 A proud moment for every Indian: #ISRO Successfully launches its 100th Satellite: #PSLVC40 rocket carries #Cartosat2 and 30 other Micro & Nano Satellites from US, Canada & other nations in single mission. My heartiest congratulations to @isro Team and its scientists. — Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) January 12, 2018 Successful launch of #PSLVC40 / #Cartosat-2 series is a hallmark of Indian scientific aptitude & indicative of the perseverance and proficiency of Team @isro. — Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) January 12, 2018 If you work at #ISRO - please accept my hugs. My love. My liver. And more. For being a source of consistent joy and pride over the last 2 years. — Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 12, 2018 ISRO hits a TON in Space! A standing ovation to the @ISRO team on the outstanding success of 100th satellite launch. You are the pride of the nation. #PSLVC40 pic.twitter.com/cZ2xRo8jG2 — Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 12, 2018 #ISRO hits century in space, congratulations to the ISRO team for the successful launch of its 100th Satellite — Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) January 12, 2018 Now, that's a century worth talking about. Congrats #ISRO on successfully launching your 100th satellite ð°ð → https://t.co/LWpn6yChBM @isro pic.twitter.com/DlKYNJVl67 — YouTube India (@YouTubeIndia) January 12, 2018 ISRO hits a CENTURY into Space. Congratulations for the successful launch of 100th satellite #PSLVC40/#Cartosat2... The country is always indebted to your service... ðð»ðð» — rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) January 12, 2018 .@isro makes India proud again. #ISROMission100 Full video: https://t.co/s1G0iQJkOb pic.twitter.com/DswgSsxMdB — Indiatimes (@indiatimes) January 12, 2018 Congratulations to the entire @isro team for hitting the century in space. #ISROMission100 #ISRO100 pic.twitter.com/Xs80dXcGTT — C Bawankule (@cbawankule) January 12, 2018 What a proud moment for us. 31 satellites placed, 28 belong to other countries. Our technological capability acknowledged globally, again. Take a bow #ISRO . I wonder if their efficiency is also coz they are away from the 'capital' of politics. #ISROMission100 #foodforthought — Kapish Mehra (@kapish_mehra) January 12, 2018 #ISRO hits a century! Congratulations to team #ISROMission100 pic.twitter.com/v8fCXNpOZA — Sanjeev Kapoor (@SanjeevKapoor) January 12, 2018 Congratulations & Salutes to Scientists Of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for successfully launching 100th satellite 'Cartosat-2' series from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. #ISROMission100 #IndiaMarchesAhead. ððð — Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 12, 2018 Congratulations @isro on Launch of 100th Satellite ðð®ð³ Yet Another Proud moment for us ð®ð³ð®ð³ #PSLVC40 #ISROMission100 #ISRO @INCIndia@INCPunjab pic.twitter.com/6lHmWmM3sU — kuljit Nagra (@kuljitnagra1) January 12, 2018 Yet another 100 by Indians, this time from our #scientists at #ISRO. #PSLVC40 places 31 statelites #Cartosat2 & mutliple other from #friendnations. Affirming our #space capabilities once again. Great feat by #ISROMission100 team. — Vikash Dubey (@vikash_dubey06) January 12, 2018 Congrats #ISRO for the lauch of our 100th satellite! India is so proud of you! #ISRO100 #ISROMission100 pic.twitter.com/m1KHBs7Nkq — The Sharp Pen (@The_Sharp_Pen) January 12, 2018 And that's a century. Our @isro scientists have done a commendable job. The launch of the 100th satellite by ISRO signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India's space programme. #ISRO #ISROMission100 #ISRO100 — Komal Gattani (@komal_gattani) January 12, 2018 Congratulations @isro on launching the 100th Indian satellite along with 30 others in a single mission. Indeed a milestone event in the country's space history, Kudos #ISRO âï¸ðð#ISROMission100 #ProudMoment@PMOIndia @rashtrapatibhvn — Faizan Siddiqui. (@Fa1zanS) January 12, 2018 Not the one which @sachin_rt made in Sharjah, nor the one which @imVkohli made in Hobart, it's this ð¯ by @isro which is my favorite! #ISROMission100 #ISRO — Vijit Mahaur (@Vijit_Mahaur) January 12, 2018 ISRO successfully launches its 100th satellite. Congratulations for ur Century! #ISROMission100 pic.twitter.com/yTsiOvjXVu — नà¥à¤² पाà¤à¤¿à¤²... (@neelgorade) January 12, 2018 Kudos to the Scientists Of Indian Space Research Organisation for successfully launching 100th satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. #ISROMission100 #ISRO #Cartosat2 #MomentOfPride pic.twitter.com/T0R93YVBfo — Dr ANBUMANI RAMADOSS (@draramadoss) January 12, 2018 #2018 what a start !!#SwamiVivekananda says youth is the future #ISROMission100 shows youth and experience is the future #SupremeCourt judges says democracy under threat !!#HappyWeekend #FridayFeeling — Siddharth Jain (@sjain_19121985) January 12, 2018 Congratulations #ISRO for being the @sachin_rt of Space org!#ISROMission100 #MakeInIndia — kevin patel (@itskpee) January 12, 2018 Congrats to ISRO on the successful launch of PSLV-C40. This is a big achievement for India and we as Indians are proud of ISRO and it's capabilities. Salute to the amazing team of scientists and engineers who made this a success. #ISRO #ISROMission100 #ISRO100 — Meetaksher Handa (@meetaksher) January 12, 2018 Congratulations to ISRO on the successful launch of 100 th Satellite #ISROMission100 — Padmanaban Chandrasekaran (@PadmanabanChan1) January 12, 2018 There is one tweet we're waiting for eagerly, though. It's from the King of 100s, Sachin Tendulkar. He should tweet about this historic moment, don't you think? Let's everyone tag him and hope for the best. Let's get that chant going one last time… Sachin… Sachin… You know the rest!
  16. Udupi Ramachandra Rao, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and celebrated space scientist, breathed his last in the wee hours on Monday after prolonged illness, at his residence in Bengaluru. He was 85. Be it Indian or the international space scenario, Rao needs no introduction. He is the brain behind India's first satellite, Aryabhata; has spearheaded several ISRO projects including the Mars Orbiter Mission and took it to the heights where it proudly stands today. Rao's absence will definitely leave a huge void in the Indian space scenario. © Twitter The Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Rao served as the chairman of ISRO for 10 years between 1984 and 1994. In his career span, Rao has won several accolades and international and national awards for his contribution. Rao was born in Adamaru in Karnataka and started his career as a cosmic ray scientist and worked under the guidance of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. © wikimedia He was the first one to identify the continuous nature of solar wind and the effect it had on geomagnetism, using Mariner 2 observations. In fact, in 2013, he became the first Indian to be inducted into the ‘Satellite Hall Of Fame' in Washington. Under the leadership of U.R. Rao, India saw acceleration in the development of the rocket technology, leading to the successful launch of ASLV rocket in the year 1992. In fact, Rao was also behind the successful launch of INSAT satellites and the development of the geostationary launch vehicle GSLV. In 1995 he helped launch an 850 kg satellite into the polar orbit. © wikimedia He was serving as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and the chancellor of the Indian Institute of Science and Technology (IIST) at Thiruvananthapuram. He has previously worked as a faculty member at MIT and even published over 350 technical and scientific papers on interplanetary physics, satellite and rocket technology and cosmic rays among others. Rao's never ending list of achievements and awards speak for his work and his remarkable contribution that took the Indian space scenario to such great heights. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too mourned the demise of Rao. Saddened by demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable contribution to India's space programme will never be forgotten. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 24 July 2017
  17. While the Indian cricket team just gave us a lot to gloat about by demolishing Pakistan in their Champions Trophy encounter yesterday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) just gave us another reason to be proud of our country. They just launched their most powerful rocket, the GSLV Mk III (Fatboy), which laid a very strong foundation for future space projects. It was carrying the heaviest satellite of the country, the GSAT-19. Here’s the entire launch. Skip to 37:00 for the launch: It took just 16 minutes for the rocket to place the satellite in geosynchronous transfer orbit which we’re sure is some sort of achievement. Congratulations came pouring in for ISRO from all quarters including the President and Prime Minister of our country. Heartiest congratulations to ISRO on the historic launch of GSLV-Mk III #PresidentMukherjee — President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) June 5, 2017 Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2017 Telugu media went as far as calling this the ‘Baahubali’ of rockets. Here are some other famous names that praised this achievement on Twitter: Congratulations @ISRO for launching #GSLVMK3. It will usher new frontiers in an era of self-reliance for future geosynchronous missions. pic.twitter.com/RQyShINS7e — Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) June 5, 2017 Congratulations @isro on the successful launch of #GSLVMK3. Hope #India will soon launch its astronaut into space — Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) June 5, 2017 .@isro keeping our flag flying high,yet again!Congratulations for the successful launch of #GSLVMK3 — Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) June 5, 2017
  18. Yesterday India created a world record by successfully launching 104 satellites in space in a single mission, a feat that will be really hard for other countries to achieve any time soon. With this mission, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has sent out a strong message that its space game is spot on, and the world too is recognizing the fact that India isn’t the so-called “land of snake charmers” anymore. After this feat, our happiness is similar to that of a child who scored 99% in exams and now other kids’ parents are giving our example and bragging about how smart we are. © Reuters Here, that kid is ISRO and the doting parent is Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, who became the latest addition in the former’s list of fans, when he tweeted about India’s achievement and called ISRO ‘awesome’. After reading this tweet, our happiness really knows no boundaries. Musk’s tweet was a response to a guy who asked whether he would “care to comment on what ISRO achieved”. @elonmusk care to comment on what #ISRO achieved ? #SpaceX — Suj. (@Floydilicious) February 16, 2017 Musk’s reply not only won our hearts, but also gave us the opportunity to bask in the glory of ISRO’s achievements and hard work. @Floydilicious Yeah, awesome achievement by ISRO. Very impressive! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2017 The conversation didn’t end there. When someone tweeted about being proud of ISRO, Musk replied stating that they are making India proud and let’s just say that it’s getting tougher to contain so much happiness in our hearts. @elonmusk @Floydilicious We are proud for our ISRO !! — Vivek Rajagopal (@VRGTech) February 16, 2017 @VRGTech @Floydilicious They are doing India proud — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2017 As the whole world is singing praises for ISRO, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s reply has only strengthened our collective emotions but also given our space prodigy its due acknowledgement for showcasing their exceptional talent in front of the world.
  19. Amitabh Bachchan, a man who demands respect at the mere mention of his name is known for his great general knowledge and wit. After all, he also hosted KBC for years. However, even the best of us get trolled sometimes and Twitter is a scanner where nothing goes unseen. Something similar happened to Big B as well. He tweeted an innocent wish to ISRO, congratulating them on launching 103 satellites, with a picture of himself. T 2435 - CONGRATULATIONS .. !!! ISRO for the launch of 103 satellites from one PSLV .. a world record ! HOPE ONE DAY WE LAND ON MOON ! pic.twitter.com/yWrmVcIsuR — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 15, 2017 His obsession with tweeting everything with a picture of his own is like a teenage girl with a new camera phone who cannot stop flooding her social media with selfies. Anyways, besides this, he got the number of satellites wrong. So, the obvious happened. @SrBachchan Sir, it is 104 satellites. I know one of them is Abhishek that you so desperately want him to launch in space??? — Sherlock Holmes (@SanghiSherlock) February 15, 2017 @SrBachchan Oh! Got it! One of the satellite was clicking this picture. Hence, 103. — Noopur (@SummerDupahriya) February 15, 2017 @srbachchan Bro Yeh Pic ISRO Ko Bhejo Woh Coma Chale Jaayenge — Sourabh ❣️ (@sourabhemraan) February 15, 2017 @SrBachchan Sir you could avoid posting the picture. No relevance. — Debitara Dutta (@DebitaraDutta) February 15, 2017 People were mostly kind to him and made the jokes not too harsh. Sometimes, it happens to the best of us also. Sigh.
  20. This morning, when you were probably looking at your face in the mirror, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was looking at a golden future when it successfully launched 104 satellites in space, in a single mission. By unleashing not just 20 or 30, but a whopping 104 (Cartosat-2 and 103 nano satellites); India has given out the message that it’s going to play it big this time and the ISRO is going to take the wheel like a boss and leave everyone behind. Furthermore, with this space mission, India has successfully broken the world record and became the first country to hit a century in one go. Russia is the last record holder and sent 37 satellites in a single launch in the year 2014. Our hearts are beaming with pride and the credit goes to all those who worked hard for this achievement. PSLV-C37 / Cartosat -2 Series Mission Successfully Launched all 104 Satellites — ISRO (@isro) 15 February 2017 ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C37 rocket, carrying the satellites, was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota and is reportedly PSLV’s 39th flight. Of the 104 satellites, 101 belong to six foreign countries - 96 from the US and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE. Two of the ISRO’s satellites, INS-1A and INS-1B, are modular nanosatellite bus systems which could be used for experimental payloads and future science. Check out the video of this landmark achievement being carried out below. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team as well. With this space mission, India has already showcased the proficiency of the ISRO and let’s just say that this kick-ass benchmark set by our space prodigies will be tough to overtake anytime soon. Source: The Times Of India
  21. It promises to be an Indian space mission which will rocket instantly into global history books. If all goes well, on January 15, 2017, Isro will launch 82 foreign satellites in a daring single shot, Subbiah Arunan, the project director of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), has said.Arunan, who was in Mumbai to attend the Brand India Summit 2016, said on Thursday that of the 82 satellites, 60 belong to the US, 20 are from Europe and two are UK-made. © ISRO The record for launching the highest numbers of satellites in one go is currently held by Russia, which launched 37 satellites on June 19, 2014. The US had placed 29 satellites in orbit using the Orbital Sciences-built Minotaur-1 rocket on November 19, 2013. On June 22, 2016, India launched 20 satellites in one go. If the mission in January succeeds, India will once again break a global space record — for the second time in about two-and-a-half years. On September 24, 2014, in a record-breaking feat, India entered the Martian orbit in the very first attempt, garnering international acclaim. © Twitter The rocket for Isro's historic mission will be the advanced version of the proven four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) designated PSLV-XL. All 82 satellites will be placed in a 580-km polar sun synchronous orbit in a span of 20-25 minutes after launch. Arunan told TOI that MOM was the first Indian satellite which is being analysed by international space agencies and management schools to pave the way for low-cost access to deep space. He added that the second mission to Mars — MOM-2 — is provisionally slated for launch in 2020. © ISRO "We plan to use the aero braking method to approach Mars and go close to the surface," Arunan said, pointing out that it will not be a landing mission. "We have, so far, received nearly 40 proposals for carrying out Mars-related science experiments and the response is very encouraging," he said. Arunan also said that the second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, will land on the moon by December 2018. "The ground tests have already started," he said.
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