'Big Brother' Spacecraft Launches World's First Full-Colour Satellite Capable of Capturing High-Definition Videos of Individual People From Orbit On PSLV-C40

'Big Brother' Spacecraft Launches World's First Full-Colour Satellite Capable of Capturing High-Definition Videos of Individual People From Orbit On PSLV-C40

A British satellite could provide a full colour, high-definition video of our planet from space, even picking up objects as small as 26 inches (65cm) big on the ground. Pictured is the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) taking off

  • It was one of 31 payloads sent up in the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle 
  • Within a few hours controllers
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ISRO Used Upgraded PSLV Rocket Today

ISRO Used Upgraded PSLV Rocket Today

A close view of the fourth stage of PSLV - C40 on the launch pad before takeoff

The heat shield in the previous PSLV - C39 mission did not separate from the fourth stage and both the stage and the IRNSS-1H satellite got trapped within the heat shield and could not be injected into space. However, the PSLV - C39 rocket comprising of both solid and

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K Sivan: A Humble Farmer's Son's Journey To ISRO Top Job

K Sivan: A Humble Farmer's Son's Journey To ISRO Top Job

He joined ISRO in 1982 in PSLV project and contributed immensely towards end to end mission planning, mission design, mission integration and analysis

KANYAKUMARI/CHENNAI: A humble son of a farmer who studied in local government schools in Tamil medium at Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu is now all set to helm India's premier Space agency ISRO.

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India launches 31 satellites successfully

India launches 31 satellites successfully

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s old workhorse the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV C-40, 44. metre tall, blasted into a cloudy sky after lifting off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 110km from Chennai city, around 9:00am and placed all the satellites in two separate orbits in an exercise lasting two hours and 20 minutes.

Addressing the media after the launch, outgoing ISRO chief AS Kiran Kumar said everything went as planned today and that the team was able to put 30 satellites into the orbit, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

Around 17 minutes after the lift-off, the rocket injected its main payload -- the 710kg Cartosat-2 Series, the seventh satellite in the series, into the Polar Sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 510km. Within a span of seven minutes, the rocket also ejected 29 nano-satellites into a different orbit as it worked its way up the altitude to 519km.

The Cartosat-2 series satellite will provide regular remote sensing services using its panchromatic and multispectral cameras and images sent by the satellite will be useful for cartographic, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other land information system as well as geographical information system (GIS) applications.

Today’s successful launch came as a big relief to ISRO scientists as it came four months after their mission to launch backup navigation spacecraft IRNSS-1H onboard rocket PSLV-39 ended in a rare failure on August 31 last year.

In August, the heat shield of the rocket did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence, trapping the satellite in the fourth stage of the rocket. But that problem did not crop up today.

A visibly relieved and jubilant ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar, who will step down soon, announced that the Cartosat-2 series weather satellite, a nano-satellite and 28 other satellites of France, Canada, Finland, the USA, Britain, South Korea and…. ere successfully injected into the orbit one by one by the PSLV C-40 in the space of about 17. 33 minutes since lift-off.

ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microsat after one hour. So far, Cartosat performance is satisfactory," he said at the ISRO’s mission control room.

ISRO’s chairman-designate K Sivan, who will succeed Kumar, said "we came to the launch pad after four months. Many of our customers came ready with satellites after our previous failure. It shows their confidence in us. We have some exciting launches coming up including Chandrayaan-2, a space mission to the moon.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO for today’s success and called it a moment of pride for every Indian.

Modi said the successful PSLV C-40 mission signifies the ISRO’s achievements as well India’s "bright future" in space programme. e launch by "@isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India's space programme," he said a tweet.

The Indian PM said the success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to citizens, farmers and fishermen. Further, benefits of India's success "are available to our partners," he added.

Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to six other countries are carried by today's launch," he said in another tweet.

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ISRO launches 100th satellite

Space agency ISRO this morning successfully sent up a rocket carrying India's 100th satellite along with 30 others, four months after failed launch. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV lifted off at 9. 29 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and a key component that had failed in August worked this time, causing scientists to gasp in relief at having crossed a major hurdle. The lift-off was postponed by a minute because of fear of collision with space debris. The last launch of IRNSS-1H - India's first privately built satellite -- on August 31 last year had failed because of a freak accident. This is the 42nd flight of the PSLV.

  1. since the satellites will be launched in two orbits. Thirty of the satellites will be launched in an orbit 550 km about, and one 359-km above the Earth.
  2. This will be done through what scientists call the "multiple burn technology" under which the rocket's engine is switched off and then switched on to control its height.
  3. The whole process of placing the satellites in two orbits will take 2 hours 21 minutes -- the longest so far. The 28-hour countdown for the launch of the PSLV started at 5. 29 am on Thursday.
  4. The 710-kg earth observation satellite the PSLV is carrying the third in the Cartosat 2 series. The last satellite of the series had been launched successfully in June 2016.
  5. ISRO had brushed off speculations of sabotage after the last satellite launch failure. Scientists said a tiny but vital equipment of the rocket had failed, due to which its protective heat shield could not be separated.
  6. The heat shield of a satellite is meant to protect it from the heat generated by the friction against atmosphere during take-off.
  7. The launch became necessary after three atomic clocks of one satellite started malfunctioning. Atomic clocks provide navigational data, and they are crucial for a Global positioning system.
  8. NAViC, a system of seven satellites, powers India's powerful homegrown Global Positioning System.
  9. ISRO's workhorse PSLV rocket weighs nearly 320 tonnes and stands up to 44. building.
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Rocket Man Who Sent 104 Satellites Into Orbit Is New ISRO Chairman

Rocket Man Who Sent 104 Satellites Into Orbit Is New ISRO Chairman

Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre K Sivan

He is currently Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum. His expertise gave ISRO ability to send 104 satellites in a single mission.He is overseeing launch of refurbished PSLV, which will blast off Friday

Rocket specialist K Sivan has been appointed Chairman of India's space agency

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Launch of PSLV C-40 With 31 Satellites On 10 January

Launch of PSLV C-40 With 31 Satellites On 10 January

ISRO today announced that it would launch 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat-2 series earth observation space craft, in a single mission onboard its Polar rocket on January 10.

The mission will be the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August.

"The launch is

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We’re Going Over The Moon

We’re Going Over The Moon

God Speed, Tejas

The much awaited Final Operational Clearance of the indigenous fighter jet Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is expected to take place in 2018. Attaining the FOC will help IAF replenish its depleting squadron strength.

The FOC aircraft would incorporate Beyond Visual Range missiles, improved and better stand-off weapons and air-to-air

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