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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #600 on: 04/07/2017 09:40 PM »
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« Reply #601 on: 04/09/2017 09:00 PM »
Isro will allow companies to obtain lithium-ion battery tech

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NEW DELHI: The government has asked Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) to allow manufacturers interested in producing indigenous lithium-ion batteries, including those from private sector, to obtain the technology for its mass production. Isro will now come up with a framework to make this process smooth.

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre under Isro has developed indigenous technology to manufacture such high-power batteries for automobiles and e-vehicles and their feasibility tests in vehicles have been successful.

Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari had sought Isro's help to develop indigenous technology for lithium-ion batteries so that their prices are within the reach of Indian customers.

Isro had earlier developed similar batteries for satellite and the launch vehicle applications.

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« Reply #602 on: 04/10/2017 09:19 PM »
ISRO and Roscosmos have signed a deal to share data from GLONASS and IRNSS:

http://in.rbth.com/technology/2017/04/10/roscosmos-isro-to-jointly-collect-satellite-data_738836

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« Reply #603 on: 04/12/2017 04:48 PM »
Global interest in PSLV soars:Next flight to carry 30 smallsats

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The Indian PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) space vehicle has received more than double its normal share of inquiries from prospective customers ever since it launched a record 104 satellites in a single flight in February.
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“There has been a spurt in inquiries, almost double what we were getting. Globally, 500 satellites are expected to come up for launch every year from 2018 onwards. We are seeing how we can equip ourselves towards meeting this big opportunity,” said Rakesh Sashibhushan, chairman and managing director of Antrix Corporation, ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) business arm that markets its rocket and satellite services.
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“ISRO is also ramping up availability of the PSLVs. Antrix has asked for two dedicated PSLVs a year for doing fully commercial launches. They can mostly cater to the 5 kg to 100 kg small satellites,” he told The Hindu.
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“Antrix has launch orders worth around ₹ 600 crore,” Mr. Sasibhushan said. Roughly 15% of its nearly ₹ 2,000-crore turnover comes from PSLV launch orders of foreign satellite operators.
Note: One crore in Indian number system equates to 10 million.

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Similar 100-plus satellite contracts in a single flight would be uncommon
I wonder if that would be due to concerns over debris and its legal ramifications, or just the rarity or difficulty in arranging such an order

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Carolyn Belle, Senior Analyst at Northern Sky Research, a space industry consultancy based in Massachusetts, said in a response, "The PSLV is in an interesting position in the market. It has a strong technical track record and is an attractive vehicle for smallsat operators - especially if the launch [frequency] increases."

However, a limiting factor, in her view, is the waiver process that is needed to launch a US satellite, the US being the largest market.
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« Reply #604 on: 04/17/2017 01:00 PM »
ISRO plans Joint Venture with industries for rocket-building
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The space agency is looking to form a joint venture with an industry consortium (to build polar satellite launch vehicle or PSLV), with the first launch planned for 2020-21 under this proposed entity, Kiran Kumar said.

"We are now going through the process of establishing those mechanisms and getting the necessary approvals," he said. 

According to the ISRO Chairman, the consortium would have less than half-a-dozen companies from the industry, which would, however, have many sub-contractors under them.
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Asked if he sees the ISRO as a pure R&D player outsourcing all other work to the industry, Kiran Kumar said, "It should be an ideal thing to happen in the long run because if the industry is able to do what is required, then definitely it's a better opportunity for us (ISRO)."

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #605 on: 04/19/2017 04:56 AM »
HAL and L&T To Join In As Lead Industry Partners of ISRO For Making Space Rockets

https://defenceaviationpost.com/hal-lt-join-lead-industry-partners-isro-making-space-rockets/


Indian industry gets chance to build, fly rocket

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/120416/firms-get-chance-to-build-pslv.html

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“We are limited by capacity though this (PSLV) is a very good launch vehicle. We want them (industries) to form a consortium to build PSLV and launch satellites. Our target is to have 12 PSLV flights in a year first, then scale it up 18 and even 24 in a year,” A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, told Deccan Chronicle.

I'm hoping the private sector pups will be able to show the older dog ISRO some new tricks, even while ISRO focuses more on its newer-generation vehicles like GSLV-Mk3.
And if any of them want to compete in the fast-changing wider marketplace, then won't they have to come up with a path to reusability?
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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #606 on: 04/20/2017 05:47 AM »

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« Reply #607 on: 04/23/2017 12:02 PM »
Interesting comments from ISRO Chief on launch pacing, Chandrayaan-2, and even RLV

http:// www.timesofindia.com/india/isro-to-increase-frequency-of-launches-to-12-per-year/articleshow/58326033.cms
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« Reply #608 on: 04/23/2017 07:15 PM »
Interesting comments from ISRO Chief on launch pacing, Chandrayaan-2, and even RLV

http:// www.timesofindia.com/india/isro-to-increase-frequency-of-launches-to-12-per-year/articleshow/58326033.cms
The plan of two GSLV Mk2 and one GSLV Mk3 per year leaves little space for commercial missions for the immediate future though. In fact, they would be hard-pressed to meet even the domestic transponder requirements unless they switch to all-electric comsat platforms in a big way.

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« Reply #609 on: 04/23/2017 07:38 PM »
The plan of two GSLV Mk2 and one GSLV Mk3 per year leaves little space for commercial missions for the immediate future though. In fact, they would be hard-pressed to meet even the domestic transponder requirements unless they switch to all-electric comsat platforms in a big way.

Yeah, hopefully maybe the private industry partners will do a better-than-expected job in manufacturing/assembling/operating PSLV rockets, since this is a business they'd like to grow. Then that could help make up the gap if some extra launches are necessary. I think private industry are eager, and in the years to come they'll surprise ISRO with what they can do.

RLV is still a long ways off yet - but it's good to hear they're designing the next round of test experiments.

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« Reply #610 on: 04/27/2017 03:54 PM »
ISRO to launch five communication satellites by year-end
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Hyderabad, Apr 27 (PTI) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch five communication satellites by the year-end, its chairman A S Kiran Kumar said today.

The satellites, proposed to be launched, are aimed at improving the communication system within the country, he said.

"There are five (satellites) that are coming up... all are communication satellites," Kumar told PTI here.

All the satellites would be put in space by the end of this year, the noted space scientist said.

I guess the five comsats Chairman refer to should be - GSAT-9, GSAT-6A (or GSAT-7A), GSAT-19, GSAT-17 and GSAT-11. The first two by GSLV Mk2, third by GSLV Mk3 and the last two by Ariane.
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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #612 on: 05/08/2017 12:01 PM »
Slow progress hampers ISRO's planetary science programmes
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The Aditya-L1 mission, in which Isro plans to send a probe to the Sun, could not spend almost 50% of its budget till January 2017, indicating the poor progress in realising the payload.

Similarly, till January 2017, the space agency didn’t spend a single penny from the allocated Rs 4.54 crore on the X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPOSAT), approved in 2016-17. On the sensor development for the planetary programme, Isro utilised less than 25% of the money sanctioned last year.

The underutilisation of the budgeted money at Isro remains a concern for the government, which has now been advised by a panel of lawmakers to undertake financial scrutiny of these projects in every quarter to ensure timely completion.

The Aditya-L1 project was allocated a budget of Rs 35 crore in 2016-17, but Isro could spend only about Rs 17.92 crore.

The XPOSAT, on the other hand, is meant to study hard X-ray sources like pulsars, black hole, active galactic nuclei and supernova remnants among others. But the non-usage of the sanctioned budget for the payload indicates that the payload development work has stopped.

Chandrayan-2 appears to be the only deep space project, which is on track as almost the entire money (at least Rs 80 crore) sanctioned in the last two financial years were spent. With another year to go for the launch, Chandrayan-2 mission received another Rs 50 crore this year.

Probable cause might be constraints in having the required human resources or facilities IMHO.
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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #613 on: 05/16/2017 07:57 PM »
ISRO workers fearful of growing privatization efforts:

http://www.timesofindia.com/city/thiruvananthapuram/staff-raise-concerns-over-privatization-of-isro-centres/articleshow/58695790.cms

Well, doing it sooner will be less painful than doing it later on to a bigger, more bloated ISRO.
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« Reply #614 on: 05/17/2017 05:10 PM »
ISRO workers fearful of growing privatization efforts:

http://www.timesofindia.com/city/thiruvananthapuram/staff-raise-concerns-over-privatization-of-isro-centres/articleshow/58695790.cms

Well, doing it sooner will be less painful than doing it later on to a bigger, more bloated ISRO.
Yes. Its just the usual fear among employees about losing their jobs and perks. Privatization of commercial satellite and rocket manufacturing has to happen sooner or later, so that a leaner ISRO can concentrate on more cutting-edge scientific research.

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #615 on: 05/18/2017 02:47 AM »
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Bloated ISRO


Last 10+ years ISRO has already started the exercise of pruning the staff.

Necessity of filling up of vacancy created by vacating existing staff ( Superannuation/job change etc. ) is debated upon.

Permanent staff ( needs to be loaded with long term benefits  like Pension, LTC ) is replaced with contract staff and similar measures.
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« Reply #616 on: 05/22/2017 05:29 AM »
An excerpt from the book 'ISRO: A Personal Story' by R Aravamudan,a senior space scientist, and Geetha Aravamudan, a journalist.

How the Indian space agency thrived despite the massive poaching during the IT boom

And we get a peek into what happens in Mission Readiness Review (MRR) at ISRO that happens before every launch.

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The Mission Readiness Review (MRR) is in session. We are just a few days away from a major launch campaign. Each of the engineers responsible for a particular subsystem is getting ready to go on stage and present details of the tests carried out on it. Problems, solutions, tests, last-minute tweaks—everything is covered.

The group is an amazing mix of veterans and greenhorns and everyone in between. Anyone who is part of the project and has something to say is there. I sit next to the chairman and senior centre directors. Retired pioneers like me who are experienced experts in certain fields form an integral part of the MRR. To the newest recruit attending an MRR for the first time it is a thrilling and challenging experience.

As one of the senior engineers finishes his presentation, a voice from the last row raises an issue. It is a junior engineer. There is absolute silence as everyone in the room gives him a patient hearing. The engineer who is making the presentation takes notes and gives a detailed response. It really does not matter that the questioner is quite junior in the hierarchy, for in that hall there is absolute technical democracy and no voice is stifled. Everyone knows that many an important issue has come to light at an MRR and at times major failures have been averted because someone raised a pertinent question.

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« Reply #617 on: 05/24/2017 10:44 AM »
BSNL launches satellite phone service
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NEW DELHI: State-owned BSNL today started satellite phone service through INMARSAT which will be initially offered to government agencies and later opened for others citizen in phased manner.

The service will cover areas where no networks are present and will be provided by INMARSAT which has 14 satellites. 

Agencies handling disasters, state police, railways, Border Security Force and other government agencies will be given the phones in the first phase, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said at the service launch.

And some security concerns..

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There are security concerns on some satellite phones used by paramilitary forces that were supplied by foreign operators. 

Telecom regulator Trai has said there is a possibility that communication through such phones of being monitored by foreign agencies as their gateways are located outside India, it added.

Defence forces did not opt for satellite phones from the foreign operators because of security and espionage concerns. Other security agencies have been demanding for a long time for the establishment of a new gateway in the country which can support new generation handsets for land mobile connections.

Perhaps it is time Govt seriously consider an indigenous alternative to INMARSAT and operating from GEO. Though its direct benefit for the common citizen might be limited initially, it might be of great use for the military, governmental agencies working in far flung areas, forest departments and disaster relief agencies in case of natural disasters like earthquakes or cyclones, when terrestrial communication infrastructure suffers widespread damage.

It should be definitely within ISRO's abilities. In fact the military might be using GSAT-6 in a similar manner already.

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #619 on: 06/03/2017 07:51 AM »
Somebody posted a roadside video of something large being transported by truck for ISRO:




What the heck is it? A rocket stage wouldn't have those flange-like ribs on it.

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