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

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