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Talent crunch: ISRO plans space institute

February 27, 2007

Faced with a talent crunch, the Indian Space Research Organisation is contemplating setting up an institute to train techies.

In an interview to PTI, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair acknowledged that with the booming IT sector absorbing young engineers with fat pay packets, other fields are facing the brunt.

“At one time, we used to get top-most people from various institutions. But today that situation does not exist. Even after going through all India tests, we are not able to get the numbers we want,” Nair said.

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ISRO to launch three weather satellites

February 15, 2007

India will get sharper eyes to track ravaging cyclones and forecast monsoon when the Indian Space Reserach Organisation (ISRO) launches the indigenously built INSAT-3D and Oceansat-2 satellites next year.

“The INSAT-3D satellite will be one of the three weather satellites that ISRO will launch in the next couple of years,” said Abhijit Sarkar, a scientist at the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of ISRO here.

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International Legal Regime for Peaceful Use of Space Needs to be Strengthened: India

February 7, 2007

The Union Minister of External Affairs, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today said that India is alive to the needs of its armed forces and the requirement to maintain significant defence and deterrence capabilities.

“Our annual defence budget is a modest 2.27% of our GDP, but aerospace power is an increasingly important area for allocations and Indian Air Force’s existing aircraft and helicopter fleets are being upgraded to considerably enhance IAF’s potential and reach. This fits in well with the defensive nature of our doctrine of credible minimum deterrence and our commitment to strategic technological autonomy”, Shri Mukherjee said while delivering the Inaugural Address at the International Seminar on ‘Aerospace Power in Tomorrow’s World’, organised as part of the platinum jubilee celebration of the Indian Air Force, here.

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Manned mission no more a fantasy now

February 7, 2007

Forty four years after it began, 32 years after the country’s first satellite Aryabhatta was built and 27 years after it first put a satellite—Rohini RS1—into orbit indigenously, Indian space programme achieved yet another significant milestone on January 22, 2007. On that day, for the first time, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) brought an object in space, safely back to Earth.

The success of the Space Recovery Capsule Experiment (SRE-1) takes India one-step closer to its objective of playing a greater role in space exploration and more importantly, in the global satellite launch business.

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Indian lunar mission unlikely before 2016

January 26, 2007

India has ruled out a manned flight to the Moon in the near future. Although a plan for missions to low-Earth orbit and the Moon was endorsed in November by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the space agency’s leadership cautions it will take several years to achieve.

ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair says: “It is a long way to go, since a lot of technology is involved. [The preliminary study will] be followed by a detailed study, which will be out in one year.” It would be at least eight to 10 years before a launch took place, he says, once government approval was obtained.

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Reusable launch vehicle puts India in `G4`

January 26, 2007

Russia, US and China other countries with capability.

The successful recovery of the Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) satellite has brought India closer to a select group of nations that have the capability to bring an orbiting spacecraft back to earth.

At present, Russia, USA and China have this capability. This will also help India develop a reusable launch vehicle (RLV) for future space launches, although this is still at a nascent stage.

According to sources from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a reusable launch vehicle will be vital because India is planning a manned mission to space by 2020, after the unmanned mission to moon (Chandrayaan) by early 2008.

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Cryogenic stage full-duration test tomorrow

January 18, 2007

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to achieve another major milestone tomorrow with the full duration test of the indigenous “cryogenic stage” rocket engine for its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).

The indigenous cryogenic stage would fire for 720 seconds at the Liquid Propulsions Systems Centre (LPSC) at Mahendragiri near Nagercoil tomorrow, marking a big leap from the 50-second successful test conducted on October 28 last year.

“The test will be a demonstration of indigenously developed cryogenic stage. The success of the test will enable us to use it in our future GSLV flights,” LPSC Director R V Perumal told PTI here.

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After runaway success, a major technological task begins for ISRO

January 11, 2007

Although the PSLV-C7 launch was a runaway success with the injection of four satellites into orbit on Wednesday, the job of A. Subramonian has just begun. For, he is the Project Director of India’s first recoverable satellite called the Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE), one of the four satellites put in orbit.

“Right now, I feel that my job has just started. I am looking forward to January 22 morning when the SRE will be recovered,” Mr. Subramonian said.

After the 555-kg SRE stays in orbit for 11 days, it will be de-orbited and brought back to the earth in a sequential manner. It is coated with thermal tiles to prevent it from burning up when it re-enters the earth’s atmosphere. After it re-enters the atmosphere, about 5 km above the Bay of Bengal, three parachutes in the SRE will open up one after another. First, the pilot chute will pull out the drogue chute, which will deploy, and then the main chute will deploy. The main chute will slow down the descent of the SRE and it will ultimately splash down into the Bay of Bengal, about 140 km east of the Sriharikota island. A floatation system will keep it afloat. Dye markers will make it visible. The Coast Guard will recover it.

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ISRO makes a comeback

January 11, 2007

Six months ago, there was gloom when the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle failed in flight after an engine malfunction. Now, the nation and the Indian Space Research Organisation have good reason to cheer. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the workhorse launcher of the Indian space programme that had already flown eight consecutive successful missions, has once again turned in a flawless performance.

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PSLV-C7 launch a success

January 11, 2007

In a “wonderfully” successful multi-mission, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) majestically took off at 9.23 a.m. on Wednesday from its beachside launch pad at Sriharikota and injected four satellites one after another into precise orbit.

Two satellites belong to India and two are from abroad. This is the PSLV’s ninth successful launch in a row, proving that it is a trusted workhorse of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

A highlight of the mission is that one of the four satellites called the Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE) will be recovered on January 22 when it falls into the Bay of Bengal after staying in orbit for 11 days. This is the first time that the ISRO is attempting to recover a satellite — a technological challenge on several fronts.

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