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2010-04-15 10:06:45

Indian space engineers who launched a rocket with new booster technology on Thursday lost contact with it soon after lift-off, causing a major blow to the country's ambitions of space exploration. The rocket, powered by cryogenic motors -- a complex technology mastered by only five countries -- failed just minutes after launch from India's Sriharikota space center in southeast Andhra Pradesh state. K. Radhakrishnan, chairman for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), told AFP...

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2010-01-27 12:09:05

A top official said Wednesday that India will launch its first manned space mission in 2016 in an effort to match space pioneers such as Russia and the United States, AFP reported. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) had already been granted plans by the government for a human space flight project. Last year it gave the go-ahead for funding of around $2.8 billion. The agency will develop the space module for the program within four years, according to ISRO chairman K....

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2009-09-23 11:10:00

India announced Wednesday the launch of seven satellites in a single day. The successful launch of six foreign and one domestic satellite from the Sriharikota space center came less than one month after the country ended its Moon mission. The Oceansat-2 satellite will monitor ocean patterns, wind speeds, and track monsoons and cyclones, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) spokesman S Satish told BBC News. The satellite will improve upon the first Oceansat, which launched in 1999. Four...

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2009-02-23 12:50:00

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to launch two people into space for seven days, the planning commission announced on Friday, marking the approval of the nation's first astronaut launch. "We are planning to put persons in the vehicle and launch them into space for seven days in an orbit of 275 km (172 miles)," said K Radhakrishnan, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. The announcement to launch astronauts into space by 2015 comes as China has made great strides in...