High-Thrust cryogenic engine launched by ISRO

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India launched it’s high thrust cryogenic engine CE-20 to launch GSLV Mk III today. ISRO would have used the CE-20 powered GSLV Mk III in 2003 if not for the US sanction and a foisted case. Even after that, ISRO has made remarkable improvements to the CE-20 engine.

A cryogenic engine involves a tricky job of using liquid hydrogen at -253 degree Celsius and Oxygen at -183 degree Celsius as fuel and oxidizer. Currently, only five regions are capable of such a feat, namely US, Russia, China, Japan and the European Space Agency.

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You need to read the whole article. This has a lot of history, dismissals and dejection. But finally, ISRO was successful in launching it’s own engine.

NASA to build a satellite with ISRO

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NASA and ISRO will be teaming up to build the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite, an Earth imaging satellite. The project cost will be close to $1.5 billion.

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 RADAR and S-band 13 centimeter. S-band is being built by ISRO and L-band by NASA.

The satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2021 using the Geo-synchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV).

The satellite will be used to take snapshots of the Earth, images of the motion of tectonic plates, of ice sheets, of agricultural land changes and forests. Also include natural disasters like earthquakes, volcano eruptions and sea level rise.

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This is an amazing opportunity for India to collaborate with US and vice versa, sharing technologies and developing more cost-effective space programs!

A Venus Odyssey after Mars

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It has been nearly three years since India sent it’s Mars orbiter on its first attempt, and now the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to do a similar mission for Venus.

ISRO has already invited proposals for space-based experiments to be carried out in the Venus mission. May 19 is the last date for the proposals to be received. The planned mission will carry scientific instruments weighing around 175 kg which is 10 times more than the scientific payload carried by the Mars Orbiter.

The proposed orbit is expected to be around 500 x 60,000 km around Venus. ISRO will likely be undertaking the Venus mission in 2021/2022.

Venus has a size, mass, density, bulk composition and gravity almost similar to that of Earth, and hence is often described as Earth’s twin sister.

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To Venus now! But I would rather have some scientists searching and reaching exoplanets. It’s an area that interests me most.

ISRO to help India mine energy from Moon

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After setting a world record of launching 104 satellites in a go, ISRO is taking on another mission for India. ISRO is working on mining lunar dust, which is rich in Helium-3, and transport the material back to India.

According to statistics, the lunar dust on the Moon can supply energy to not only India, but the whole Earth. The lunar dust, which is rich in Helium-3, can be used as Nuclear fuel to provide energy.

This will not only help cut oil imports for the country, but it also wouldn’t release any harmful carbon emissions or radioactive products, thus managing the Carbon dioxide, which we significantly need to, in the air.

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This is amazing. I wish I am able to contribute to ISRO’s program a little by then.

European Space Agency to work closely with ISRO in space missions

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ESA’s senior scientific advisor Mark McCaughrean has revealed that ESA plans to further collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in space missions. He alos mentioned that ESA is planning 15 space missions including Bepe Colombo to mercury in 2018 and JUICE to Jupiter in 2022.

ESA has earlier collaborated with ISRO on Chandrayaan-1 mission to the moon. In fact, ESA has had collaborative efforts with 22 countries including US, Russia, China, India and Japan. It is also expected to increase with the commercial launches.

McCaughrean also mentioned that it could be in 10 to 20 years that it is possible for a human space flight to Mars.

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China on India’s record of sending 104 satellites

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The Chinese government had previously described India’s Mars orbiter mission as The Pride of Asia and had said that it would be keen to work more closely with India on space projects.

However, on Thursday, also mentioned that “the space race is not mainly about the number of satellites at one go. It’s fair to say the significance of this achievement is limited. In this regard, Indian scientists know more than the Indian public, who are encouraged by media reports.”

It also added that it was “a hard-won achievement for India to reach current space technology level with a relatively small investment.” and also pointed out that the US Space budget in 2013 was $39.3 billion, China $6.1 billion, Russia $5.3 billion, Japan $3.6 billion and India $1.2 billion.

It also mentioned that “as a hierarchical society, India has both world-class elite and a largest number of poor people. Many lessons can be drawn from India. As a rising power, it has done a good job. It is ambitious but pragmatic, preferring to compare with others as an incentive to progress.”

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(Also, PLEASE beware of the articles that might highlight all the negative points mentioned in the article rather than the positive ones. Some media sources just want to heighten the curiosity and there readership, even if it means hiding or bending the actual facts.)

3 rovers to Moon in one rocket! by ISRO

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XI (PSLV-X1) on December 28th, 2017. This will be India’s first private mission to the moon by Team Indus. The rocket will be flying with three rovers, in which two are from Japan and one belongs to Team Indus.

The PSLV-XL has already launched 20 satellites together, on June 22nd, 2016. But this will be the first time that it will demonstrate its capability of carrying three rovers placed inside a lander. On January 27th, 2017 the rocket will launch 83 satellites in a single mission.

Team Indus’s new rover is Solar powered and the mission duration is one lunar day, an equivalent of 14 Earth days. The rover can carry up to a load of 20kg. Read the full article here.