Latest Indian Space Research Organisation Stories

2010-10-20 10:26:52

The Hylas-1 telecommunications satellite has arrived at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Its next journey will be to space, on an Ariane 5 launcher towards its operational orbit nearly 36,000 km up. The Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner bringing Hylas-1 from Bangalore, India, touched down at Rochambeau airport near the capital Cayenne late in the evening of October 11. The satellite was then moved by road to the Guiana Space Centre, where it was taken into the S1B satellite preparation...

2010-09-29 13:37:45

Following extensive testing in India, the Hylas-1 telecommunication satellite has been given the go-ahead for shipping to Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana for its November flight. The Hylas-1 mission, a public-private partnership between ESA and Avanti Communications in the UK, will target the high demand for broadband services in Europe. The Agency's advanced communications payload will deliver broadband services to hundreds of thousands of European customers on a flexible basis, shifting...

2010-06-04 07:55:58

The completion of important tests on the Hylas telecommunications satellite has brought it a step closer to launch late this year. Once the final tests are completed, Hylas will be ready to be shipped to Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in August. In mid-May, thermal-vacuum testing was completed in Bangalore, India. The thermal-vacuum test is the most demanding phase of satellite testing. For Hylas, it involved taking the complete satellite between the temperature extremes it will...

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...

2010-04-08 06:15:00

India is planning to launch a new, advanced communications satellite into orbit using a vehicle powered by a cryogenic engine developed by homegrown scientists, according to BBC News reports. On Tuesday, BBC News noted that India is one of just five nations in the world to have cryogenic engine technology, which utilizes supercooled fuel. According to their science correspondent Jonathan Amos, "a successful launch would be another milestone" for the country's burgeoning space program, and...

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....

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...

2009-09-02 15:58:35

India's first unmanned lunar mission was abandoned after the nation's space agency lost contact with the craft on Saturday. Officials with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced that the agency lost contact with its first moon-orbiting spacecraft earlier this week. The agency cited computer problems with the loss of communication. The $100 million unmanned Chandrayaan-1 craft was launched October 22, 2008. The ISRO said it had initially planned for the mission to last 24...

2009-08-31 00:13:40

India's unmanned moon mission was called off after space scientists lost radio contact with the Chandrayaan-I craft, the space agency said. The decision was made Sunday after Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, announced there was no likelihood of retrieving the craft. The Data Documentation Initiative said the nearly $90 million maiden moon mission, launched in October 2008, ended about a year before it was scheduled to end. We survived for 315 days which is a...

2009-08-30 07:50:00

According to an announcement made on Saturday, India's Space Research Organization (ISRO) lost all contact with an unmanned, automated spacecraft while attempting its first lunar exploration mission, leading officials to announce later that afternoon that the mission had been aborted. Early Saturday morning, S. Satish, spokesman for the space agency stated that the severed contact was, "a serious problem.  If we do not re-establish contact we will lose the spacecraft." Within a few...

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