Skip to main content

ISRO gets ready for next GSLV flight with indigenous cryogenic engine

Flush with the success of the GSLV-D5, which used an indigenous cryogenic stage to put the GSAT-14 into orbit, the Indian Space Research Organisation is getting ready for the next GSLV flight with its own cryogenic engine within a year. It will put the communication satellite GSAT-6 into orbit.

Announcing this at a press conference at the spaceport at Sriharikota on Sunday, ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said there would be a series of GSLV flights with indigenous cryogenic engines and they would put into orbit GSAT-6, 7A and 9, GISAT, Chandrayaan-2 and a few more communication satellites of the two-tonne class. “We are proceeding with the development of the GSLV-Mark III which will put a 4,000-kg satellite into orbit. Within a few months, we will have an experimental mission of the GSLV-Mark III to understand the vehicle’s performance during the atmospheric phase,” he said.
Answering a question on the commercial potential of the GSLV with India’s own cryogenic engine, Dr. Radhakrishnan said that while the trend now was to build 5.5-tonne satellites, there was a niche market for two-tonne communication satellites. Satellites weighing 3.2 tonnes to 4.5 tonnes were being built in the world. “So there is a set of satellites” which could be put into orbit by the GSLV.
A number of satellites had been lined up to be put into orbit by the ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, he said. The heaviest of them will be an 800-kg satellite from Germany. The PSLV would orbit three satellites from the U.K, each weighing about 200 kg.
Indeed, the ISRO will have a busy schedule, with five navigational satellites under the Indian Regional Navigational Satellites System (IRNSS) in the orbit by March 2015. They will all fly onboard the PSLV. The IRNSS-1VB will be put into orbit in March this year from Sriharikota. The IRNSS-1C, 1D and 1E would follow. A PSLV placed the IRNSS -1A into orbit in 2013.
India has been invited to take part in experiments onboard the International Space Station, Dr. Radhakrishnan said.
The ISRO and NASA would jointly build a satellite with synthetic aperture radar for earth observations. A.S. Kiran Kumar, Director, Space Applications Centre of the ISRO, Ahmedabad, was working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for preparing the project report related to the spacecraft, he said.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

SC asks Centre to strike a balance on Rohingya issue (.hindu)

Supreme Court orally indicates that the government should not deport Rohingya “now” as the Centre prevails over it to not record any such views in its formal order, citing “international ramifications”.

The Supreme Court on Friday came close to ordering the government not to deport the Rohingya.

It finally settled on merely observing that a balance should be struck between humanitarian concern for the community and the country's national security and economic interests.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions, one filed by persons within the Rohingya community, against a proposed move to deport over 40,000 Rohingya refugees. A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, began by orally indicating that the government should not deport Rohingya “now”, but the government prevailed on the court to not pass any formal order, citing “international ramifications”. With this, the status quo continues even though the court gave the community liberty to approach it in …

Khar’s experimentation with Himalayan nettle brings recognition (downtoearth)

Nature never fails to surprise us. In many parts of the world, natural resources are the only source of livelihood opportunities available to people. They can be in the form of wild shrubs like Daphne papyracea and Daphne bholua (paper plant) that are used to make paper or Gossypium spp (cotton) that forms the backbone of the textile industry.

Nothing can compete with the dynamism of biological resources. Recently, Girardinia diversifolia (Himalayan nettle), a fibre-yielding plant, has become an important livelihood option for people living in the remote mountainous villages of the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

There is a community in Khar, a hamlet in Darchula district in far-western Nepal, which produces fabrics from Himalayan nettle. The fabric and the things made from it are sold in local as well as national and international markets as high-end products.

A Himalayan nettle value chain development initiative implemented by the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiati…

The Chipko movement as it stands today

The idea behind the Chipko movement originated in early 1970s from Mandal, a village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Forty-three years later, Down To Earth travelled to Chamoli and Tehri Garhwal and spoke to the participants of this movement about its relevance today