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ISRO-CNES: taking the next steps together

On Monday, Jean-Yves Le Gall made a quick, quiet official trip to ISRO’s Bangalore headquarters.

What is this visit about?

As you know, I moved from [European launch services company] Arianespace to CNES last month. India is the one of the most important countries of cooperation for France. It is also the right time because last February when President Hollande visited India a letter of intent was signed between CNES and ISRO to define what could be the cooperation after the successes of [their joint weather satellite missions] Megha-Tropiques and SARAL-AltiKa, which were [respectively] launched by the PSLV two years ago and in February.

We have plenty of things to do together and this is why I decided to pay one of my first official visits to ISRO and meet [its Chairman] Dr. Radhakrishnan.


India plans to send seismometer to study moonquakes

How will man tackle quakes when he colonises moon in the not-so-distant future?

plans are afoot to send a seismometer on board the landing instrument of Chandrayaan-2

Sensors of the seismometer built by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are now undergoing calibration at the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) here. The first phase of calibration is over and the second phase will start soon, according to seismologist D. Srinagesh, who will be studying the seismic aspects of moonquakes along with his team at NGRI. He told The Hindu that the largest moonquake ever recorded was 5.5 magnitude by the seismometers deployed on the moon’s surface during Apollo missions in late 1960s and 70s.


ISRO unveils hub for its navigation fleet

Minister of State in the PMO V. Narayanasamy presenting the Aryabhata award to V.K. Saraswat, Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, as ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan looks on, at Byalalu near Bengaluru on Tuesday.— PHOTO: PTI/ Shailendra Bhojak
The brand new ISRO Navigation Centre (INC) at the Indian Deep Space Network will be the nerve centre of the country’s forthcoming navigational satellite constellation, ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said after the centre was opened on Tuesday.


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