The ISRO has cleared the GSAT-11 for launch after thorough rechecking. The 5,700-kg GSAT-11 satellite was slated for launch on May 26 from Kourou, a site in South America which India uses to launch its heavy-weight satellite. In a setback to the ISRO, the space agency lost contact with GSAT-6A after it was launched in March from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Although the ISRO has been trying to establish with GSAT-6A, a satellite meant for military communication, it has found little success.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved funding for the for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (GSLV Mk-III) continuation programme (Phase-I) consisting of ten (10) GSLV (Mk-III) flights, at a total estimated cost of Rs. 4338.20 crores. This includes Rs. 4338.20 Crores and includes the cost of ten GSLV Mk-III vehicles, essential facility augmentation, Programme Management and Launch Campaign. The GSLV Mk-III continuation Programme Phase 1 is the first phase of operational flights that will enable the launch of 4 tonne class of communication satellites to meet the country’s satellite communication requirements.
During the last three years, starting from January 2015 till December 2017, a total of 169foreign satellites from 23 countries were successfully launched on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Revenue earned through these launches was approx. 95 Million Euros and 4.5 Million USD in Foreign Exchange. The total number of missions proposed during the ensuing three years i.e. 2018, 2019 & 2020 is 57 (26 Launch Vehicle missions and 31 satellite missions). In 2018, 4 missions (1 Launch Vehicle mission and 3 satellite missions) have already been completed till date.
ISRO has entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), which is one of the country’s leading PSUs, to transfer the technology for the manufacture of space grade Li-Ion cells. The TTA was signed at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru yesterday in the presence of Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Mr. Atul Sobti, Chairman & Managing Director, BHEL.
This mission involves many complex elements like soft-landing, Rover separation and movement on the lunar surface, in addition to operations of Orbiter. Several new technology elements have been developed indigenously and tests are being carried out for validation. Orbiter has completed Thermo-vacuum test which is one of the major milestones. Lander Sensors and Actuators are tested on ground to validate the performance and the results are satisfactory. Rover flight model is under assembly. Payloads are in various stages of delivery for Spacecraft integration.
Government’s proposal to develop the Reusable Launch Vehicles involves mastering of many cutting edge technologies, which require a series of technology demonstrator tests. ISRO has successfully carried out first flight test of RLV-TD (Reusable Launch Vehicle- Technology Demonstrator) to validate few critical technologies such as autonomous navigation, guidance & control, thermal protection system and re-entry mission management.
Small and medium scale businesses can contribute to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by manufacturing small but important parts like valves, gaskets and rubber insulators, S. Pandian, Director, and ISRO Propulsion Complex. The scientist was addressing over 100 entrepreneurs at the annual meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He added that there was a great demand in the industry and a lack of major competition. “Small and medium enterprises can produce items for Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rockets at the component and subsystem levels. If industries cope with the specifications and deadlines, we encourage them thoroughly,”
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch Chandrayan-2 Mission around April this year. Chandrayaan-2 is the country's second mission to the moon, he added. He was addressing a press conference on the achievements of Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy. Chandraayan-2 is a challenging mission as for the first time we will carry an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the moon.