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  1. Varad

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    Indian astronaut to walk on Moon in 2025: Kalam

    Bangalore: Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Wednesday hoped an Indian astronaut would walk on the Moon in 2025 and on Mars by 2035.

    "I believe an Indian astronaut will walk on the Moon in 2025 and on Mars by 2035. The Indian space agency should attempt to put an Indian on Moon and Mars between 2025 and 2035," Kalam said at a function here.

    Releasing a book titled "All About Rockets", authored by advisor to the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) S.K. Das, Kalam said Indian space scientists should innovate cutting-edge technologies to reduce the cost of access to space to $2,000 per kg from the current $20,000 per kg.

    "Low cost access to space is the way forward. The challenge for the Indian space scientists is to reduce the launch cost to $2,000 per kg from $20,000 per kg currently by using nanotechnology and reusable single-engine stage launches," Kalam told ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan and directors of the space agency's various space centres who were present on the occasion.

    Recalling his long association with the space agency and his involvement in the failures and successful launches of the first satellite launch vehicle (SLV) and the subsequent polar satellite launch vehicles (PSLVs), Kalam said space was another destination for man's quest for renewable energy.

    "One of the spin-offs I foresee from space technology is to innovate a low-cost energy solution. We are already using solar energy to power satellites to orbit around the Earth and run its various payloads (instruments). We need to innovate a solution to transfer the solar-generated energy to earth and store it in the form of power cells or batteries that can be used as renewable energy," Kalam pointed out.

    Regretting that India has been a laggard in achieving breakthroughs in rocket launches, building satellites or supercomputers, Kalam said the country should overcome the status of being a "fourth or fifth nation syndrome" to becoming the first country in cracking space technology and ICT (information and communication technology) through innovation and research.

    "After every successful launch of a rocket or satellite, India is ranked as the fourth or fifth nation in the world to have achieved success or breakthrough in space technology. It is time for us to overcome the fourth or fifth nation syndrome and be the first among equals if we have to become a superpower. We can do it," Kalam added.

    Indian astronaut to walk on Moon in 2025: Kalam | TwoCircles.net
     
  2. Varad

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    Build satellite service station, Kalam tells ISRO

    Former President A P J Abdul Kalam today suggested that Indian Space Research Organisation build a space satellite service station in geo-synchronous orbit as he saw an opportunity for it in this field.

    Kalam, himself an aclaimed rocket scientist, said many satellites in the geo-synchronous orbit face problems relating to power and fuel after three or five years in service.

    He wanted ISRO to take advantage of this opportunity to service such satellites. Speaking after releasing a book titled "All About Rockets", written by S K Das, at ISRO headquarters "Antariksh Bhavan" here, Kalam also spoke about other opportunities for ISRO in the area of low cost access to space.

    Noting that globally, it cost USD 20,000 to launch one kg payload, he said ISRO should strive to do this for USD 2,000 using nanotechnology, single-stage and reusable techologies.

    Kalam also suggested that ISRO work towards building solar-powered satellites. Later, interacting with students, he said living on the Moon and Mars is a must for human beings (in some decades from now).

    "..because we are about six billion people (global population), going into eight billion. We need more space,more materials, more energy. So we need one more planet (to live)".

    He said he expects Indians to land on Moon and Mars in the 2025-2035 timeframe.

    Build satellite service station, Kalam tells ISRO
     
  3. Varad

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    GSAT-12 to be launched in July second week

    BANGALORE: On the heels of the successful launch of its communication satellite GSAT-8, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch the next communication satellite GSAT-12 in the second week of July.

    Announcing this at a news conference here on Wednesday, ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said the satellite would be launched from Sriharikota on a PSLV C-17 vehicle.

    It would be moved from Bangalore to Sriharikota on Thursday for conducting various pre-launch tests. The assembling of the launch vehicle had also commenced.

    GSAT-12, built at a cost of Rs.148 crore, has 12 transponders in an extended C-Band and will help users in the field of tele-medicine, tele-education, social services, etc. The launch vehicle was expected to cost about Rs.100 crore.

    Dr. Radhakrishnan said the services of GSAT-8 satellite, launched on May 21, was expected to be available for users by June-end. In-orbit tests of transponders of the satellite would be held for three weeks, from Thursday. The satellite had been put on 55 degree east of geo-station orbit on Wednesday. Users of some of the decommissioned satellites would be moved to this, he said.

    Referring to the recommendations made by a committee which looked into the failure of GSLV in December 2010 and another committee that examined the entire GSLV programme, Dr. Radhakrishnan said ISRO had now decided to “put all the focus” on developing indigenous cryogenic engines that powered Mark-II launch vehicles.

    He said there were no major problems with respect to the design.

    However, discussions had started with Russia regarding finetuning of the engine procured from them.

    Special Correspondent reports:

    As a fall-out of the controversial S-Band deal, ISRO's commercial arm — Antrix Corporation — is all set to get a full-time Chairman and Managing Director in a couple of weeks. Dr. Radhakrishnan said the Space Commission had cleared the recommendation of the name made by a three-member committee, comprising himself, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India R. Chidambaram, and Space Commission Member (Finance) Venkatesh Bhat and had been forwarded to the Prime Minister for clearance.

    He said Antrix would be strengthened by getting more full-time experts with significant experience. Its performance would be reviewed every year by the Space Commission.

    Besides, an ISRO team would monitor and coordinate with it, he noted.

    Noted Scientist Roddam Narasimha, who is part of the two-member panel which probed the controversial Antrix-Devas deal, said the committee had submitted its report to the Prime Minister, but refused to divulge any details.

    “We have done our duty. Let the Prime Minister take a decision on the report.”

    The Hindu : Front Page : GSAT-12 to be launched in July second week
     
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    ISRO likely to scale down Chandrayaan-2

    ISRO likely to scale down Chandrayaan-2
    June 7, 2011 By Manoj K. Das

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    Model of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle III

    ISRO scientists are revisiting the sequel to the country's prestigious moon mission - Chandrayaan-2.

    The space agency has realised that the advanced GSLV MK-III won't be available by 2014. The Plan B is to launch the mission using GSLV F-series once it clears its next mission.

    “Chandrayaan-2 has been designed to go on GSLV MK-III,â€￾ a top source told Deccan Chronicle. “But the development process has run up to a brick wall following back-to-back launch failures. The moon mission is already delayed. A decision to launch it with base model of GSLV has been taken.â€￾

    ISRO has asked its Chandrayaan-2 team to tweak the programme wherever possible as GSLV can launch only lesser tonnage than the advanced MK-III version.

    “This will delay the project by at least six months,â€￾ said the source.
     
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    Re: ISRO likely to scale down Chandrayaan-2

    ISRO has made us proud earlier and even if we face difficulties in development sure ISRO will send a decent PACKAGE OF PAYLOADS [Scientific and Others]. And i believe in ISRO capability to rectify their ERROR as they always does, SO its always a win win for INDIA to have ISRO by our side.

    Good luck ISRO we are always with you.
     
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    ISRO to begin flight testing of GSLV MkIII in next two years

    7 JUN, 2011, 04.54PM IST,IANS
    ISRO to begin flight testing of GSLV MkIII in next two years

    NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday said it will start flight testing of the GSLV Mk III for launching four-tonne class of satellites in the next two years.

    Addressing the National Technology Summit here, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the space agency would be completing work on the Astrosat and the Aditya projects by 2012 and 2013 respectively.

    "In the next two years, we are looking to begin the flight-testing of the GSLV Mk III engine, which will be the third-largest in the world," he said.

    It is intended to launch heavy satellites into geostationary orbit, and will allow India to become less dependent on foreign rockets for heavy lifting. Astrosat is India's first dedicated astronomy satellite whereas Aditya is a spacecraft whose mission is to study the Sun.

    Speaking on the occasion, Science and Technology Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the private industry should also start increasing its share in investment in research and development.

    "In India, the total investment in research and development is 0.8 per cent of the GDP and out of that, the private sector contributes only 20 per cent. That needs to be increased," he said.

    The Minister said there was a need to increase interface between the academia, industry and research and development institutions to combine their efforts for creating resources in the country.

    Planning Commission Member K Kasturirangan and CSIR chief Samir K Brahmachari were also present at the occasion.
     
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    ISRO to begin flight testing of GSLV MkIII in next two years

    NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday said it will start flight testing of the GSLV Mk III for launching four-tonne class of satellites in the next two years.

    Addressing the National Technology Summit here, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the space agency would be completing work on the Astrosat and the Aditya projects by 2012 and 2013 respectively.

    "In the next two years, we are looking to begin the flight-testing of the GSLV Mk III engine, which will be the third-largest in the world," he said.

    ISRO to begin flight testing of GSLV MkIII in next two years - Economic Times
     
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    BHEL Solar Panels deployed on GSAT-8 Satellite

    BANGALORE: The Electronics Division of Bangalore based Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has assembled and supplied Space Grade Solar Panels to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which have been successfully deployed on GSAT-8 Satellite.

    The satellite, launched from French Guiana recently, is the heaviest ever satellite of ISRO which caters to the requirement of telecommunication, a release said.

    Four BHEL-supplied Solar Panels, each more than 5 m2 of area, totaling to 21 m2, for GSAT-8 comprise of Multi Junction Solar Cells in series and parallel combinations, with total power capacity of 4.5 kWp.

    The space solar panels were manufactured to strict space quality standards in BHEL facility wherein cell welding, bonding and wiring work was carried out by skilled manpower.

    The panels have been further subjected to detailed testing by ISRO such as vibration test and thermovac test as part of the space quality requirements to validate the mechanical, electrical and thermal performance, it added.

    BHEL-Electronics Division, in collaboration with ISRO, has established state-of-art class 10,000 clean room facilities at their Electronics Systems Division for the assembly and testing of Space Grade Solar Panels using high efficiency Solar Cells. BHEL has so far supplied 51 Space Solar Panels totaling to 221 Sq.Mtrs of area for various satellites of ISRO.

    BHEL Solar Panels deployed on GSAT-8 Satellite - Economic Times
     
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    Sriharikota: Communication satellite GSAT-12 launched using PSLV
     
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    Watched it live. It's a treat to watch any rocket launch.
    Congratulations to ISRO and all the people who have put the hard work behind the launch.
     
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    Megha-Tropiques launch on October 12

    BANGALORE: If all tests go according to plans, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) ‘Megha- Tropiques’, an Indo-French advanced tropical climate monitoring satellite will be launched on October 12 at 11.00 am from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan announced on Saturday.

    Speaking to media about the launch of Megha- Tropiques, Radhakrishnan said, “The final tests are being conducted.
    The vibration test has been done.
    The preshipment test was done on Saturday morning.

    Once all the tests are completed, the satellite will be moved from Bangalore on September 14 and by September 15 morning it is likely to reach Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.” “Megha-Tropiques is an advanced tropical weather and climate monitoring satellites, conceived primarily to investigate tropical regions and would also help in monsoon variability studies.

    The satellite is similar to the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites,” he said.
    “The satellite would carry four scientific instruments, including a Microwave Analysis and Detection of Rain and Atmospheric Structures (MADRAS) radiometer developed jointly by ISRO and CNES to provide information on rain above the oceans,” he informed.

    “The satellite will be placed at an inclination of 20 degrees with respect to the equatorial plane.
    In this orbit, the satellite will be able to collect scientific data covering the tropical regions,” he added.
    The Indian Space Research Organisation would control the satellite in orbit and also receive, process and distribute the scientific data from the satellite.

    Apart from the 22 Indian and French scientists, 21 international team of scientists working on global climate related studies from United States, Europe and Japan had shown keen interest in the Megha-Tropiques mission, Radhakrishnan said.
    Besides, Megha- Tropiques, there are a few other satellites ready for launch.

    “The PSLV will launch three nano satellites by 2012 - one from Luxembourg, “Jugnu” research satellite designed by IIT-Kanpur and a third one to monitor greenhouse gases from SRM University, Chennai,” the ISRO chairman announced.

    Link:Megha-Tropiques launch on October 12 - southindia - Bangalore - ibnlive
     
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    IIT-Kanpur to play instrumental role in ISRO’s lunar rover project

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    Kanpur: The Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) is all set to play an important role in the ambitious project of ISRO to send a lunar rover (robot) on moon. Among the three important components of the robot being prepared by IIT-K includes the navigation of the lunar rover.

    The design prepared by the IIT-K staff will help the robot move on the rough terrains of moon and transit details about the significant changes.

    Experts from the mechanical department of IIT-Kanpur have completed the ISRO project-Lunar Rover-and are set to submit its prototype next month to the space agency.

    The robot being prepared at the IIT labs will move smoothly on the moon’s surface and its tyres, made from special material, will also not get punctured.

    Prof Dr Ashish Dutta is working on this project and other scientists in the institution are working on its other part.

    “The flight model of the robot will be submitted to the ISRO next month. ISRO guidelines will be followed for further action. If everything goes as planned, the robot will also give detail about the geographical condition of the moon to the ISRO,” said Prof Dutta.

    Link:IIT-Kanpur to play instrumental role in ISRO
     
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    isro good going keep it up you guys making us proud
     

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