Chandrayaan-2: GSLV Mark III-M1 vehicle reduces number of orbit-raising exercises, saves fuel

The GSLV Mark III-M1 vehicle launched Chandrayaan-2 satellite in the Earth Parking Orbit with an apogee (farthest distance from the earth) of 45,475 km, which is about 6,000 km more than originally envisaged. As a result, the number of orbit-raising manoeuvres needed to take the satellite to the highest orbit has been reduced from six … Continue reading Chandrayaan-2: GSLV Mark III-M1 vehicle reduces number of orbit-raising exercises, saves fuel

Chandrayaan-2 soars to the Moon

Earlier this year, China landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, which is a first ever attempt by any country. Now, India is attempting a similar feat — to land its rover Pragyan in the Moon's South Polar region, a place that no country has attempted so far. A decade after … Continue reading Chandrayaan-2 soars to the Moon

Surveillance from the sky using RISAT-2B satellite

RISAT-2B satellite launched on May 22 will use microwave radiation for crop monitoring, forestry and flood mapping. The satellite can image during day and night and under almost all weather conditions including cloud cover. It can detect objects with dimensions of as little as a metre, making it ideal for military surveillance. With the successful … Continue reading Surveillance from the sky using RISAT-2B satellite

Jamia researchers develop ultrasensitive quantum thermometer

Jamia Millia Islamia researchers have developed a highly sensitive quantum thermometer using graphene quantum dots. The thermometer can measure micro Kelvin changes in temperature, and has a quick response time of about 300 milliseconds to register a change in temperature from 27 degree C to -196 degree C. Researchers at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi … Continue reading Jamia researchers develop ultrasensitive quantum thermometer

What makes SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch so special

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBr2kKAHN6M&feature=youtu.be Though delayed by five-six years, on February 7, U.S. tech and automobiles billionaire Elon Musk realised his 2011 dream and made history when the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, was successfully launched by SpaceX, a company he founded. The rocket’s payload was a cherry-red 2008 Tesla Roadster electric car with a mannequin wearing … Continue reading What makes SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch so special

After 24 years, ISRO faces a small setback with the failed PSLV launch

The failed PSLV attempt to launch a navigation satellite is unlikely to affect future missions. After 39 consecutive successful launches, the Indian Space Research Organisation had almost made it appear that launching satellites was indeed child’s play when it used its workhorse rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. But the PSLV, which has been placing … Continue reading After 24 years, ISRO faces a small setback with the failed PSLV launch

With GSLV Mark III launch, ISRO puts India in a new orbit

The Indian Space Research Organisation has crossed a significant milestone with the successful developmental flight of the country’s heaviest Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, the GSLV Mark-III. This is the first time a satellite weighing over 3.1 tonnes has been launched from India to reach the geostationary orbit about 36,000 km from Earth. With this, ISRO has … Continue reading With GSLV Mark III launch, ISRO puts India in a new orbit

ISRO asked to remain silent on South Asia Satellite launch

“We have been asked to [remain] silent on the launch [of the South Asia Satellite from Sriharikota off Andhra Pradesh on May 5 evening],” reads a message sent to me by a senior scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) when I tried to get details about the satellite launch. Many more attempts to … Continue reading ISRO asked to remain silent on South Asia Satellite launch

ISRO sets the bar high by launching 104 satellites in one mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation boosted its reputation further when it successfully launched a record 104 satellites in one mission from Sriharikota on Wednesday by relying on its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket. An earth observation Cartosat-2 series satellite and two other nano satellites were the only Indian satellites launched: the remaining were from … Continue reading ISRO sets the bar high by launching 104 satellites in one mission

How ISRO plans to launch a record 104 satellites in one go in February 2017

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will set a record when it launches 104 satellites in one go on a single rocket in the first week of February. Explaining how all the satellites will be placed in orbit, Dr. K. Sivan, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, says: “The satellites will be … Continue reading How ISRO plans to launch a record 104 satellites in one go in February 2017