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India's Mission to Mars

Discussion in 'Indian Military Doctrine' started by sanman, Mar 27, 2012.

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  1. sanman

    sanman Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    KAUTILYA Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    India should allocate as much fund as possible solely for the manned spaceflight and lunar mission first.After we achieve the first manned space lift and a manned landing on the lunar surface it is only after that we should look towards Mars.A Mars orbiter doesn't hold as much significance in a countries space research history as is held by a lunar landing and manned space lift.This is simply wastage of funds!!Jai Hind.
     
  3. sanman

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    I suspect that the sudden flood of funds for the Mars mission is due to damage-control by PMO which has harmed the space program by attacking and scapegoating Madhavan Nair. Now that same PMO is rushing to console space scientists and assuage their hurt feelings by lavishing them with funds -- for anything but the Chandrayaan mission associated with Nair, of course. The PMO wants to elevate other missions to a higher priority, to eclipse the success of Chandrayaan and its architects. It all looks politically motivated to me.

    If they could wait for a 2016 launch date, instead of the politically-imposed mad dash for a 2013 launch date, then the GSLV-MarkIII launcher would be available along with its Cryogenic Upper Stage. That combination could be comparable to the Titan+Centaur used to send NASA's Viking landers to Mars, thus allowing India to mount a much more ambitious mission, which could include getting an Indian flag put on the Martian surface.
     
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    Whatever the reason maybe,
    but this will certainly boost our space exploration abilities.
     
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    ISRO May Trump NASA with Methane Sensor Equipped Mars Orbiter
    Posted by vkthakur on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (EST)

    ISRO plans to launch a Mars orbiter using a PSLV-XL launcher during the November 2013 launch window for the planet. The Mars orbiter could potentially make as important a finding as Chandrayaan-1's confirmation of water on the moon.
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    The PSLV-XL launcher used to launch the Chandrayaan-1 will also be used to launch ISRO's Mars Orbiter. Photo Credit: ISRO

    March 28, 2012, (Sawf News) - ISRO plans to launch a Mars orbiter using the PSLV-XL during the November 2013 launch window for the planet. The Mars orbiter could potentially make as important a finding as Chandrayaan-1's confirmation of water on the moon.

    The following are the payloads short listed for the Mars orbiter: [via Wired.com]

    Infrared spectrometer
    Thermal emission spectrometer
    Color camera
    Radiation spectrometer
    Plasma and Current Experiment
    Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyzer
    Methane Sensor for Mars

    Past Mars orbiter missions launched by other nations have carried all the above payloads except the Methane Sensor.

    Methane Sensor

    Observations over the last decade suggest that methane clouds form briefly over Mars during the summer months.

    Release of methane has been observed to occur from discrete surface locations on Mars, although the exact location and mechanism of release is still unknown.

    The presence of methane on Mars indicates the planet is still alive, in either a biologic or geologic sense, according to NASA and university scientists.

    Dr. Michael Mumma of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. says:

    "Methane is quickly destroyed in the Martian atmosphere in a variety of ways, so our discovery of substantial plumes of methane in the northern hemisphere of Mars in 2003 indicates some ongoing process is releasing the gas.

    "At northern mid-summer, methane is released at a rate comparable to that of the massive hydrocarbon seep at Coal Oil Point in Santa Barbara, Calif."

    NASA scientists are hard at work modelling the methane cycle on Mars and the agency is keen to study in detail the methane cycle of the martian atmosphere using an orbiter, but ISRO might actually beat NASA to it if ISRO's Mars Orbiter is able to make the November 2013 launch window.

    The Mars orbiter will be placed in an orbit of 500 x 80,000 km around Mars and will have a provision to carry nearly 25 kg of scientific payload on- board.

    Besides studying the Methane cycle on Mars, the orbiter will join the international effort of assessing the suitability of Mars to life by searching for subsurface groundwater trapped in aquifers for thousands of years. It will also study the effect of solar wind on the Mars' atmosphere and its surface magnetic field.
     
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    Now that I think about it, even using GSLV-Mk2 would significantly increase the possible payload weight for a Mars orbiter mission. Unfortunately, even our GSLV-Mk2 is not a proven launch vehicle yet. :(
     
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    How is India getting money for this? What do the millions of poor in India have to say about this? sanman?
     
  9. tunguska

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    What is predicament with you whenever we do something technically good project then you come out with same tirade of poor people?
     
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    We have money for EVERYTHING, literally. Just except for a Good leadership. Only If the gov. stops being lazy, and starts using it's resources effeciently...........
    And as far as money is concerned, ISRO is able to manage India's space programmes far effeciently when compared to budget we get. 1.3 bil $ . Iranians get around 3.9 bil $ for the same.......
     
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    Who cares to reply to Lock786,he is a guy straight from madarsa.
     
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    we Plan to send them on Mars :lol:

    Stop BRINGING the poverty issue everywhere !!
     
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    India is getting the money from the Central Bank of Pakland who are sponsoring the launch to send people like Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid to Mars so that they can get a more precise view of World Politics.
     
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    Well Said !
     
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    From the Red Fort to the Red Planet: India's Mars Mission announced by PM

    New Delhi: India is all set to visit distant Mars, riding on Mangalyaan. Today, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced India's maiden mission to the Red Planet from the ramparts of the Red Fort while addressing the nation on Independence Day.

    The Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO is set to launch a small unmanned satellite to Mars as early as November next year which might join NASA's Curiosity rover in exploring the Red Planet.

    "Recently the Cabinet has approved the Mars Orbiter Mission. Under this Mission, our spaceship will go near Mars and collect important scientific information. This spaceship to Mars will be a huge step for us in the area of science and technology," Dr Singh said in his speech today.

    The Rs. 450-crore mission will be launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh using the work horse rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV, which has had 21 consecutively successful flights and also sent the moon probe.

    The journey from Earth to mars will take up to 11 months after which the Orbiter Spaceship will be placed in a highly elliptical orbit of 500 by 80,000 km around Mars.

    The over 1300-kg satellite will have a provision for carrying nearly 25 kg of scientific payloads on board, which will study the Martian atmosphere, possibly look for organic molecules to understand its geology and chemistry.

    Top ISRO officials say 'this is a technology demonstration project, a mission that will announce to the world India has the capability to reach as far away as Mars!' So some say this is now the start of an Asian space race to reach Mars since China's first mission failed and India seeks to beat it.

    In all, there have been about 40 missions to Mars with just about half of them being successful with attempts made by USA, Russia, France, Europe and China. The most recent of these was the NASA's Curiosity rover which reached Mars on August 6.

    From the Red Fort to the Red Planet, this ambitious mission that could well be the start of a new Asian space race. And with India and China racing to Mars, who will get there first?

    From the Red Fort to the Red Planet: India's Mars Mission announced by PM | NDTV.com
     
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