India’s Mars Probe Completes 1,000 Days in Orbit

Originally designed to last only six months, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, also known as Mangalyaan, completed 1,000 earth days in orbit around the Red Planet, exceeding all expectations of the $74 million mission.

Launched by state-owned Indian Space Research Organization on November 5, 2013, Mangalyaan entered Mars’ orbit on September 24, 2014, in its first attempt.

The color camera on the satellite has produced more than 715 images, the Indian Space Agency said, adding that data from the orbiter mission’s first year, released last September, is available for public use.

Regional dust storm activities over Northern Hemisphere of Mars - captured by Mangalyaan's color camera

Regional dust storm activities over Northern Hemisphere of Mars – captured by Mangalyaan’s color camera

The other 4 scientific payloads on board the orbiter are: A methane sensor; an experiment that helps to gauge the solar forcing on the Mars atmosphere; one that measures emitted thermal infrared radiation; and another one that helps to calculate the deuterium to hydrogen ratio (D/H ratio) in the planet’s atmosphere, reports the Hindustan Times.

June 19, 2017   No Comments

India’s Heaviest Rocket Launches Satellite

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk III, christened “Fat Boy”, lifted off from the Sriharikota space center in southern India on June 5, 2017. At 6,914 lb, or more than three tonnes, and the height of a 13-story building, the GSAT-19 satellite is the heaviest that India has tried to put in orbit, India’s Space Research Organization said. The rocket used a cryogenic engine developed in India.

GSLV Mk III has put GSAT 19, which is a next generation satellite, into orbit,” Indian Space Research Organization chief A.S. Kiran Kumar said. “It is a perfect launch. The information from the satellite is being tracked. And it is good.”

GSLV MK III

A 2015 report by Colorado-based nonprofit organization Space Foundation pegged the global space industry at $323 billion, says Reuters. India’s share of the global launch services industry is about 0.6 percent, government data shows.

 

June 5, 2017   No Comments

U.S., India Collaborate on Building Radar Satellite

NASA and India’s ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organization – will jointly build a satellite called NISAR or the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite which could be the world’s most expensive Earth imaging satellite, and will cost the two countries over 1.5 billion dollars.

In a meeting in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K.Radhakrishnan, Chairman ISRO, signed two documents to launch the NASA-ISRO satellite mission.

“NISAR is the first big collaboration between NASA and ISRO, certainly on radar  but just in general as well. This is two frequency radar:  it is an L-band 24 centimeter  and S-band 13 centimeter. S-band is being built by ISRO and L-band by NASA. It is a major collaboration both in terms of the technical building of the satellite as well as working together across the Pacific between India and U.S.,” said Paul A. Rosen, a scientist working on the NISAR satellite project.

The NISAR satellite will be launched in 2021 from India using ISRO’s  Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, reports NDTV.

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May 25, 2017   No Comments

KKR Invests $50 Million in India’s Walchand Nagar Industries

New York City-based private equity firm KKR & Co., will invest $50 million (Rs 300 crore) in Mumbai-based Walchand Nagar Industries, one of India’s oldest business groups.
KKR has so far deployed around $4 billion in structured financing to business groups in India over the past seven years, and has invested approximately $2.5 billion in 12 private equity transactions since 2006. The company’s India strategy has been predominantly into partnership deals and it has developed a niche structured-credit platform, in India.
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The deal will help Walchand retire some of its bank loans, besides providing capital to drive growth. The funds will also be used for expansion of its defense business, reports the Economic TimesWalchand Nagar Industries has a strong presence in India’s defense, aerospace, and nuclear industries, and, according to its website, it works closely with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, and Space Research Organization.

May 22, 2017   No Comments

India Launches South Asia Satellite GSAT-9

India’s Space and Research Organization (ISRO) launched the first South Asia Satellite, on May 5. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said that the satellite will help partner countries in effective communication, better governance, better banking and education in remote areas, more predictable weather forecasting and efficient resource mapping. It will link people to medical services through telemedicine and facilitate quick responses to natural disasters.

ISRO’s chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar said that the satellite, with a lift-off mass of 4,839 pounds, carried 12 ku-band transponders, and had a mission life of more than 12 years.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

Each of the participating countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lankawill be able to use a dedicated transponder with a capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz for its own internal consumption, and will be responsible for content generation and its usage, reports the Livemint. Pakistan chose to opt out of the project and is not part of the participating countries.

April 26, 2017   No Comments