#Update #Space #thread@isro, which has its eyes set on multiple big missions — in-orbit servicer, lunar sample return mission, docking in space (SPADEX), Mars Lander Mission etc — is looking to launch at least 2 more missions this year. (also read thread for #NISAR update) 1/nWhile SPADEX is key to India’s ambitions of establishing a space station by 2035 as envisioned by the PM, lunar sample return missions will be critical in finally putting humans on Moon, for which the PM has set a 2040 goal. 2/nThe ‘lunar hop’ by #Chandrayaan3 Vikram is seen as a precursor for the sample return mission, which will still need a lot of work. Isro chief S Somanath told me: “Aside from these, there'll be specific committees looking at various missions as part of the goals set by PM.” 3/n#PSLV, #GSLV Launches: He added that the space agency is targetting November-December for at least two more launches, one of its workhorse, the #PSLV, and the other, the #GSLVMk2. 4/n“The PSLV will launch #Xposat and also have #POEM carrying scientific and commercial payloads onboard. We’ll announce these features soon. The #GSLV will launch the #Insat3DS, which is almost ready. The vibration tests have begun today (Friday),” Somanath said. 5/nXposat is India’s first dedicated polarimetry mission to study various dynamics of bright astronomical X-ray sources in extreme conditions, while Insat-3DS is a weather satellite built as part of the Indian National Satellite System to provide meteorological services. 6/nHowever, the #GSLVMk2 launch is also important for Isro as it gets the rocket ready for the $1.5 billion NASA-Isro Synthetic Aperture Radar (#NISAR), a LEO observatory being jointly developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Isro. 7/n“NISAR is undergoing full integrated tests. There are antenna, acoustics, full-scale tests, etc that will have to be carried out. We will be ready for launch by the first quarter of next year,” Somanath said. 8/nOnce launched — Jan-March 2024 — & put into the intended orbit, it'll take 90 days for NISAR’s science ops to begin. The synthetic aperture radar (SAR) payloads mounted on integrated radar instrument structure (IRIS) and the spacecraft bus are together called an observatory. 9/nThe observatory will map the entire globe in 12 days & provide spatially & temporally consistent data for understanding changes in Earth’s ecosystems, ice mass, vegetation biomass, sea-level rise, groundwater & natural hazards. 10/n“It will carry L and S dual band SAR — the first dual frequency radar imaging mission in L-Band & S-Band using an advanced technique to provide space-borne SAR data with high repeat cycle, high resolution, and larger swath,” according to Isro. n/n
#Update #Space #IndoUS #thread@NASA administrator Bill Nelson is on a multi-day visit to India involving a series of meetings beginning Monday with key government officials. 1/nNelson will also meet with space officials to deepen bilateral cooperation across a broad range of innovation and research-related areas, especially in human exploration and Earth science. 2/nAccording to NASA, Nelson’s India visit fulfils a commitment through the US-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) spearheaded by President Joe Biden and PM Narendra Modi. 3/nStated objectives of iCET for space include strengthening cooperation on human spaceflight, including establishing exchanges that will include advanced training for an Isro astronaut at NASA Johnson Space Centre. 4/nAccording to the White House, “...Identifying innovative approaches for commercial sectors of the two countries to collaborate, especially with respect to activities related to NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) project,” is part of iCET.” 5/nThe partnership will also see initiation of new STEM talent exchanges by expanding the Professional Engineer and Scientist Exchange Programme (PESEP) to include space science, Earth science... 6/n...and human spaceflight and extending a standing invitation to Isro to participate in NASA’s biannual international programme management course is another initiative. 7/nBoth countries will also strengthen bilateral commercial space partnership, including through a new US Department of Commerce and Indian Department of Space-led initiative under the US-India Civil Space Joint Working Group. 8/n“Expanding the agenda of the US-India Civil Space Joint Working Group to include planetary defence,” is another joint goal, as per the White House. 9/n“Nelson will visit several locations in India, including the Bengaluru-based facilities where the #NISAR (NASA-Isro Synthetic Aperture Radar) spacecraft, a joint Earth-observing mission, is undergoing testing and integration for launch in 2024,” NASA said 10/n“Students in each country also will have the opportunity to meet with Nelson to discuss science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and their roles as members of the Artemis Generation,” NASA said. n/n
#Update #space #IndoUS #thread@NASA administrator Bill Nelson today reiterated how #Space has unified even adversaries for decades, pushing each other to partner for larger goals & said he'd visit URSC where #NISAR is being tested before its launch next year, on Thursday. 1/nOn a week-long visit to India, Nelson spoke with the press after an interaction with students at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) here. 2/nHighlighting the ever-growing collaboration between the US and India in the space sector, he said countries can achieve more when they join forces to explore outer space. 3/n“It’s an honour to be in Bengaluru where it’s clear that NASA-Isro’s work will create possibilities that benefit members of #Artemis Generation [referring to youngsters, while he's from the Apollo Generation] in both our countries & around the world,” Nelson said. 4/nNelson also noted how NISAR is just one example of how the US and India’s partnership in space is helping people on Earth. Data from NISAR will help people worldwide better manage natural resources and hazards better, he added. 5/nOn the proposal of sending an Indian astronaut to the #ISS, Nelson said: “As per the agreement between PM Modi & President Biden, NASA is committed to training & sending an Indian in about a year. I have no more details on the matter and it is best to consult Isro.” 6/nNelson said he would visit URSC along with Wing Commander (retd) Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian citizen to go to Space. 7/nStressing on the importance of collaboration and how Space unites people, he said: “When I saw out of a spacecraft, I didn’t see race or religion that divides us back here. I saw a beautiful, colourful Earth suspended in the middle of nothing.” 8/nReiterating how even US & Russia worked together in the space domain in the middle of a cold war in the mid 1970s, he said: “This is true even with domestic politics in US. Republicans & Democrats are divided, but we see them come together when we speak of space." 9/nHe added that there was a great opportunity for US and India to further collaborate as the former looks to return to the Moon with an international crew using commercial landers through its Artemis programme. 10/nIndia recently signed the Artemis Accords, while details of how the participation would be are still being worked out. It is still early to determine how India would benefit from the programme. n/n
India's got quite the little space program going at the moment. As I write in this article, the nation now unquestionably has the third-most advanced deep space exploration program in the world.
India reveals that it has returned lunar spacecraft to Earth orbitIndia now credibly has the third most advanced deep-space program in the world.by Eric Berger - Dec 5, 2023 2:56pm GMT
Unquestionably third? I put them fifth, and a tie at that.1. USA2/3. China/Europe4. Japan5/6. India/Russia
In a first, ISRO satellite to launch on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocketJan 03, 2024 05:12 PM ISTThe GSAT-20 satellite will be launched in the second quarter of the year, according to NSIL, ISRO's commercial arm.NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) will use SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket for a mission launch later this year, the former – Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) commercial arm – announced on Wednesday.The mission – GSAT-20 satellite launch – will be NSIL/ISRO's first with the Falcon 9 heavy lift launcher, and is scheduled for the second quarter of 2024.“NSIL is realising GSAT-20 satellite through ISRO and will be launched on board Falcon 9 under a launch service contract between M/s NSIL and M/s SpaceX, USA,” NSIL said in a press release....About GSAT-20NSIL's second ‘demand-driven’ satellite mission, GSAT-20 (now renamed as GSAT-N2) is the ISRO arm's second such mission, the first being June 2022's GSAT-24.GSAT-20 aims to offer cost-effective ‘Ka-Ka band’ HTS (High Throughput Satellite) capacity, primarily for broadband and cellular backhaul service needs. It will cover the entire country, going as far as both Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Lakshadweep.About SpaceX Falcon 9World's first ‘orbital class reusable rocket,’ Falcon 9 is a two-stage launch vehicle designed for the ‘reliable and safe transport of people and payloads into Earth orbit and beyond.’Till now, it has undertaken 285 launches, 243 landings, and 217 re-flights.
Hi, any news in the future telescope ExoWorld?