India Launches 100 Satellites on Single Rocket

India‘s Space and Research Organization disclosed that it had successfully launched more than a hundred nano satellites that weighed less than 22 pounds each, in a single mission.

“All 104 satellites were successfully placed in orbit,” the space agency’s chairman, A.S. Kiran Kumar, said. These included an Indian Earth observation satellite and two small technology-demonstration satellites, as also 96 from the United States and one each from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates, reports the Los Angeles Times.

ISRO Rocket

Prime Minister Modi tweeted that the “remarkable feat by ISRO is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation.”

February 16, 2017   No Comments

Tata Motors Launches Fuel Cell Powered Bus

Headquartered in Mumbai, India’s largest automobile maker, Tata Motors, showcased its most recent vehicle: the hydrogen powered “Starbus”, a zero-emission mass transport solution, for inter-city commutes.

Fuel Cell Bus by Tata Motors

This bus, developed in partnership with India’s Space Research Organization, works by combining hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell. The fuel cell produces electricity to power the electric motor; water and heat are byproducts. This is the first time an Indian manufacturer has ventured in this direction, reports carandbike, a unit of NDTV.

Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors said, “We have consistently been developing and manufacturing products that can contribute to CO2 reductions across all road transport segments and with early investments in new technologies, we are geared up to further strengthen our market leadership.”

 

February 10, 2017   No Comments

India to Launch 103 Satellites in February Mission

India’s Space Research Organization is poised to launch 103 satellites in a record single mission in the month of February. The rocket will be launched from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota, and will carry three Indian satellites that will observe and measure the earth’s atmosphere, along with another 100 from the U.S., France and Germany, which will be used for commercial purposes.

PSLV - 35C

Launching commercial satellites into space for a fee is a growing business as phone, internet and other companies as well as countries seek greater and more high-tech communications. India, which is known for its low-cost space program, is competing with other international players for a greater share of that launch market reports the DailyMail of U.K.

January 7, 2017   No Comments

India’s Space Research Organization Launches Remote Sensing Satellite

India’s Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully placed its latest 2722 pound remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A into a 508 miles polar sun synchronous orbit. The satellite was placed aboard ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C36.

 

Intended for resource monitoring for the next five years, the satellite carries a high resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner (LISS-4), a medium resolution LISS-3 camera and an advanced wide field sensor camera that operates in various bands. It is also equipped with two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bits each to store images taken by its cameras which could be read out later to ground stations, reports Zee News.

PSLV C36

ISRO says that between 1994-2016, the PSLV has successfully launched 122 satellites, of which 79 were from various countries and 43 were from India.

December 7, 2016   No Comments

India’s TeamIndus Contends for $20-Million Lunar XPrize

Limiting state investment to 10%, Google’s Lunar XPrize aims to encourage private investment in space technology and development of low-cost systems for space exploration. Bangalore-based startup TeamIndus, the only Indian team in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, is building a privately funded Spacecraft capable of soft landing on the Moon by 2017. TeamIndus was one of five teams selected to compete in the Milestone prizes and successfully won $1M as a Milestone prize for its landing technology, last year, reports Tech Crunch.

Funded by over a dozen high net worth individuals, and supported by private companies such as Larsen & Toubro and Tata Communications, TeamIndus will book a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’s launch slot with the Indian Space and Research Organization.

Logo of TeamIndus

“TeamIndus’ mission is a celebration of all things great about India – the audacious goal, the young bright engineers, the can-do entrepreneurial spirit, partners who commit their resources, and the new breed of world-class entrepreneurs who have supported our mission – all of whom are united by a vision to deliver a best-in-class technology outcome entirely out of India,” declares the company website.

Rahul Narayan, founder of Axiom Research Labs and head of TeamIndus, says, “Our long-term vision is to become a deep-tech aerospace company which solves system level problems. GLXP is the first marquee manifestation of the kinds of problems we’d like to solve,” reports Outlook Business.

December 2, 2016   No Comments