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« Reply #40 on: 12/14/2013 08:14 AM »
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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #41 on: 12/14/2013 06:54 PM »
An interview with the men behind MOM:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/brunch-stories/mangalyaan-meet-the-men-behind-india-s-mars-mission/article1-1162514.aspx

Some interesting tidbits, like this ;)
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What's next?
Well, ISRO is in the process of developing spacesuits for a manned mission in the future, according to Dr K Radhakrishnan, chairman, ISRO. But so far, there's no launch vehicle capable of carrying humans. It's a logical step however. First there are orbiters, then landings, then manned missions.

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #42 on: 12/17/2013 06:41 AM »
@AJA,
Looks like the illustration in second article is not correct :) From what I gather from first article, Sriharikota is ideal for eastward launches, and Kulasekarapattinam would be ideal for southward launches.
Well, what about westward?  ;D

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #44 on: 12/21/2013 07:41 AM »

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #45 on: 12/21/2013 10:28 AM »
VSSC Chief Hints at Second Mars Mission Using GSLV

Highly unlikely, but who knows!

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/VSSC-Chief-Hints-at-Second-Mars-Mission-Using-GSLV/2013/12/21/article1957410.ece

Exactly.If i am not wrong didn't DR Radhakrishnan say that the GSLV can carry only 25 kgs of scientific payload and place the satellite just one orbit above.So whats the point of sending another Technology demonstrator satellite.

Besides it's highly unlikely that the govt would approve it.
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« Reply #46 on: 12/22/2013 07:38 AM »
After Mars, The Sun is The Limit Now
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Basking in the glory of the successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission, India has put its maiden mission to the sun titled Aditya-1 on a more ambitious track. Scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have decided to upgrade the satellite from being a single payload, designed to study the sun’s outer layer, to now include five payloads that would study the sun more closely to see how it impacts the earth.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/After-Mars-The-Sun-is-The-Limit-Now/2013/12/22/article1958673.ece

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Earlier, Aditya-1 was only supposed to study the fiery solar corona, the sun’s outermost region. Now it will be equipped with an ultraviolet imager telescope to observe the whole solar disc so that the scientists can k  now things happening on the sun’s surface like solar storms, which impact atmosphere on the earth.

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Aditya-1 has now been configured as a L1 mission, which means the spacecraft will be placed at a point between the sun and earth where it will remain stable due to earth’s gravitational pull. All other satellites orbit the earth but Aditya will be positioned ahead of earth. 
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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #47 on: 12/22/2013 07:41 AM »
Sun-Earth L1 is NOT "ahead" of Earth.

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #48 on: 12/22/2013 09:46 AM »
Exactly.If i am not wrong didn't DR Radhakrishnan say that the GSLV can carry only 25 kgs of scientific payload and place the satellite just one orbit above.So whats the point of sending another Technology demonstrator satellite.

Besides it's highly unlikely that the govt would approve it.

I've still wondered whether repeat/follow-up missions save on money because they are retreading some similar ground, with previous work being transferable to the new mission.

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« Reply #49 on: 12/22/2013 10:09 AM »
Exactly.If i am not wrong didn't DR Radhakrishnan say that the GSLV can carry only 25 kgs of scientific payload and place the satellite just one orbit above.So whats the point of sending another Technology demonstrator satellite.

Besides it's highly unlikely that the govt would approve it.

I've still wondered whether repeat/follow-up missions save on money because they are retreading some similar ground, with previous work being transferable to the new mission.

IMHO, ISRO should now look for collaborating with other players like NASA & Roscosmos to go for more ambitious missions. Maybe, partner with Roscosmos for a Fobos Grunt reboot!

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #50 on: 12/22/2013 01:33 PM »
Exactly.If i am not wrong didn't DR Radhakrishnan say that the GSLV can carry only 25 kgs of scientific payload and place the satellite just one orbit above.So whats the point of sending another Technology demonstrator satellite.

Besides it's highly unlikely that the govt would approve it.

I've still wondered whether repeat/follow-up missions save on money because they are retreading some similar ground, with previous work being transferable to the new mission.

IMHO, ISRO should now look for collaborating with other players like NASA & Roscosmos to go for more ambitious missions. Maybe, partner with Roscosmos for a Fobos Grunt reboot!

ISRO-NASA already have planned collaboration on building a Dual band (L & S) Remote sensing satellite for earth observation.   Beyond earth collaboration might take some time. 
« Last Edit: 12/22/2013 01:34 PM by antriksh »
Nasadiya Sukta:
Srishti se pehle sat nahin thaa, asat bhi nahin | Antariksh bhi nahin, aakaash bhi nahin thaa | chhipaa thaa kyaa, kahaan, kisne dhakaa thaa | us pal to agam, atal jal bhi kahaan thaa ||

From: 1st verse of 129th Hymn of the 10th Book of Rig Veda

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #51 on: 12/22/2013 02:24 PM »
AND THE RAT BECAME A CAT  ;D

When the whole world is concerned about elite space agencies, a group of scientists from Indian Centre for Space Physics in Garia has managed to send balloons to the space at least 50 times since 2009 and that too with bare minimum funds

It was in 2009 that the scientists after many successful journeys, decided to send a white rat to space. The rat named ‘Astro-rat’ was locked up in a thermocol chamber with adequate oxygen supply to ensure its survival and sent to space along with other payloads on a balloon. It stayed there for nearly 30 minutes before it was brought back to the earth.
“Initially, the rat was perfectly fit, but then gradually it started putting on weight. After a few months it became so fat and big that it almost resembled a white cat. We really don’t know what happened - whether it was because of some gene mutation that it could have undergone because it was exposed to high doses of cosmic rays or because of any other reason we are really not sure,” said one of the scientists.

http://paper.hindustantimes.com/epaper/viewer.aspx
Nasadiya Sukta:
Srishti se pehle sat nahin thaa, asat bhi nahin | Antariksh bhi nahin, aakaash bhi nahin thaa | chhipaa thaa kyaa, kahaan, kisne dhakaa thaa | us pal to agam, atal jal bhi kahaan thaa ||

From: 1st verse of 129th Hymn of the 10th Book of Rig Veda

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #52 on: 12/22/2013 03:33 PM »
AND THE RAT BECAME A CAT  ;D

When the whole world is concerned about elite space agencies, a group of scientists from Indian Centre for Space Physics in Garia has managed to send balloons to the space at least 50 times since 2009 and that too with bare minimum funds

It was in 2009 that the scientists after many successful journeys, decided to send a white rat to space. The rat named ‘Astro-rat’ was locked up in a thermocol chamber with adequate oxygen supply to ensure its survival and sent to space along with other payloads on a balloon. It stayed there for nearly 30 minutes before it was brought back to the earth.
“Initially, the rat was perfectly fit, but then gradually it started putting on weight. After a few months it became so fat and big that it almost resembled a white cat. We really don’t know what happened - whether it was because of some gene mutation that it could have undergone because it was exposed to high doses of cosmic rays or because of any other reason we are really not sure,” said one of the scientists.

http://paper.hindustantimes.com/epaper/viewer.aspx
The URL takes you to the epaper login page. Can you recheck the URL and post the right one? Thanks.
« Last Edit: 12/22/2013 03:34 PM by ss1_3 »

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #53 on: 12/22/2013 04:23 PM »
Exactly.If i am not wrong didn't DR Radhakrishnan say that the GSLV can carry only 25 kgs of scientific payload and place the satellite just one orbit above.So whats the point of sending another Technology demonstrator satellite.

Besides it's highly unlikely that the govt would approve it.

I've still wondered whether repeat/follow-up missions save on money because they are retreading some similar ground, with previous work being transferable to the new mission.

Or it would be better to wait for GSLV MK 3 and send a probe in 2018.With MK3 not only will we be able to send an orbiter but a lander & rover too.
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« Reply #54 on: 12/22/2013 04:28 PM »
Exactly.If i am not wrong didn't DR Radhakrishnan say that the GSLV can carry only 25 kgs of scientific payload and place the satellite just one orbit above.So whats the point of sending another Technology demonstrator satellite.

Besides it's highly unlikely that the govt would approve it.

I've still wondered whether repeat/follow-up missions save on money because they are retreading some similar ground, with previous work being transferable to the new mission.

IMHO, ISRO should now look for collaborating with other players like NASA & Roscosmos to go for more ambitious missions. Maybe, partner with Roscosmos for a Fobos Grunt reboot!

No chance of any collaboration happening this decade.NASA,ROSCOMOS,ESA have already have their hands filled.They won't be able to allocate any resources for a tie up mission with India.
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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #55 on: 12/23/2013 07:33 PM »

This was shared on the official ISRO FB page

ISRO moves into the digital orbit

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 K Radhakrishnan, chairman of Isro, says the audience asked basic to "brilliant" questions about each technical term and were even found to revive their childhood lessons in physics to answer other members and interact enthusiastically. Such a level of engagement made MOM not just a successful ISRO launch but a successful brand too for the programme.

"It (Facebook page) is not just an information forum, it has become a discussion forum. They (users) are well aware of the mission details," says Radhakrishnan.
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Harish Bijoor, CEO of Harish Bijoor Consults says the major change in brand Isro with the launch of the MOM is that it has become an organisation-centric brand, rather than a brand known for one person. Isro, for decades, had relied on individuals who led it to be the face of the organisation.

Isro will extend the branding further. Radhakrishnan says that it is planning to launch merchandise such as branded T-shirts.

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The Chandrayaan - 1 mission -India's first effort to send a spacecraft to the Moon in 2008 - triggered an increase in applications for joining Isro, despite the brain-drain prevalent in the country. Over the last seven years, the ratio of the number of applications to the posts available at Isro has drastically gone up (please see chart for average applications per opening). "Remuneration has also increased compared to the IT sector, as has the stint duration at Isro," says Radhakrishnan.



1. Harish Bijoor raises an interesting subject. I don't think it was Mangalyaan that was the turning point - if indeed - Indians have moved on from the Chairman-synecdoche. The declarations of gratitude to the hardworking team, in every post/pre-launch statement/interview seem to be confined to precisely that pulpit. Indian media still almost exclusively credit Mylaswami Annadurai - dubbed the moon man - or G Madhavan Nair for Chandrayaan-1. The rockets seem to have escaped being associated to someone, although it might be Satish Dhawan. Dr. Sarabhai, of course, figures in all discussions of ISRO's value to the nation etc. Sure there've been interviews with a few project scientists here and there. But again, the lion's share is the Chairman. (Maybe he isn't being dubbed India's "Mars man" because of the whole fracas with Nair?) A S Kiran Kumar from SAC might be the other person quoted often.


So yeah, I'm not so sure people have made the transition.


I'd sure like the entire team to have featurettes... maybe give ISRO a column in a national daily (The Hindu) - where any team-member can contribute and explain their career-journeys, or maybe some technical aspect of the mission in some more detail. Heck, they can even do it through Facebook.


2. I'll buy the T-shirts :D


3. The chart definitely surprised me. IIST's first batch graduated in 2011, and were all absorbed into ISRO (this was part of the conditions for the subsidised fees etc.) - so I'm assuming that accounts for a drastic drop in the number of advertised vacancies from 2010 to 2011, and 2011 to 2012. As for the number of applicants, I'm thinking delayed impact of the 2007-08 recession in India - suddenly bringing that ever so safe govt. job back into contention - and the "general slowdown" since then. Still though, the 2012 numbers are ridiculous. Anyone know if ISRO's annual budget, and program expansions have been curtailed in the last few years? For the reasons mentioned above, as well as Antrix-Devas?
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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #57 on: 12/26/2013 04:39 PM »
So, oil money won, eh?
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/isro-to-shift-satellite-launch-boundary-for-oil-exploration/1211834/0

AIUI.. the exploration site is now going to be only 3 km away from the pad? Isn't that a bit too close...? Even under nominal launch situations... due to Distant-focused overpressure etc.? It's not just a matter of evacuating the rig (if they proceed to build one) at the time of launch, but safing all the plumbing and the facilities.

Can we just set up a launch-pad at Kulasekarapattinam / Kanyakumari already?

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« Reply #58 on: 12/27/2013 04:02 AM »
Yes, looks like they will be drilling just 3 km away from launch pad. Utter nonsense. What about radio interference, security, debris, seismic activity (possible?)!

Here's the icing on cake. Apart from oil rig, government also wants to set up a port near SDSC SHAR:
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It is also surprising as to how the port proposal was cleared when environmental restrictions are in force in view of Pulicat Lake and Nelapattu Birds Sanctuary located nearby. Forest department not even allowed bitumen roads in the region identified for Port under the pretext of birds’ sanctuary since decades.

Moreover, the security of Isro’s only rocket launching centre in the country will be at stake if the Port becomes a reality since vessels and people from different countries throng the port on daily basis,” Anjaneya Reddy observed.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/131227/news-current-affairs/article/bjp-disclosure-objections-isro

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ISRO in 2014
« Reply #59 on: 12/30/2013 01:05 AM »
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/131229/commentary-sunday-chronicle/article/mars-and-more-final-frontier

> Jan : GSLV D5 Launch
> March-April :  first experimental flight of GSLV Mark III with passive cryogenic stage, characterization of the crew module and the thermal flux during the re-entry phase
> SRE2
> September 24 : Mars Orbiter in orbit around the Red Planet
> Launch of four Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) satellites
> commercial launch of SPOT-7 and its co-passengers
> commissioning of the Semiconductor Lab at Chandigarh
> Fabrication of Astrosat satellite
> Fabrication of lander for Chandrayaan-2
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