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« Reply #780 on: 10/09/2018 05:36 am »
This news report is saying that once the two launch pads are available, ISRO will be able to ramp up the launch frequency. I thought  that the second launch pad was available, but could not be used concurrently. Was the reporter trying to allude to the second vehicle assembly building, but botched up while reporting it ?

ISRO will double satellite launching capacity

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided to double the launching of satellites by constructing another Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Integration Facility. Cost-effectiveness has attracted several countries including the U.S. and the U.K. to use ISRO's launch pad at Sriharikota, according to B.V.V.S.N. Prasad Rao, Scientist G and Deputy General Manager at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range (SHAR).

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Mr. Rao, who was in the city on Sunday to take part in the World Space Week celebrations, told The Hindu that at present, the ISRO was able to launch seven satellites from the first launch pad. "As the demand for PSLVs to launch payloads of foreign satellites is increasing, the ISRO has decided to augment its infrastructure. Once two launch pads are available, we will be able to take up launching of satellites simultaneously, increasing the total number up to 16 per annum," Mr. Prasad Rao said.

Most likely reporter was talking about SVAB (Second vehicle assembly building) for second launch pad. However there will be a time in the near future where the first launch pad is taken offline for PIF (PSLV integration facility) upgrades. The PIF will enable 12-15 launches a year from FLP compared to current 3-4 also it will allow more modern integrate and transfer concept will a moveable launch pedestal.

Some information on PIF: http://www.shar.gov.in/sdscshar/projects.jsp

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #781 on: 10/18/2018 08:33 am »
Thanks for the clarification. India is either a direct or grandfathered signatory to the Svalbard (Spitzbergen) Treaty which allows for a wide variety of non military activities including economic activity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Treaty

They might not need to actually ask permission (except from local authorities involved in regulation or permitting or landuse restrictuions)...

Svalbard is apparently unique in not requiring visas for any nationals (many places don't require visas for some nationals but no other place requires none for anyone)


I thought I should also mention that the latest Indo-Russian Memorandum of Understanding signed during the Russian leader's visit, does specifically mention that India will set up a satellite monitoring station in Novosibirsk, inside the Arctic Circle. So, there's that.

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« Reply #782 on: 10/18/2018 09:07 pm »
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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which has set an ambitious target of launching two satellites every month from October this year and throughout 2019, appears to have hit a bottleneck in the very first month of the plan. While two satellites were scheduled for launch during the month of October, sources say the launches were highly unlikely due to integration delays. However, sources in ISRO indicate that the two launches were highly unlikely as the processes involved in integration and launch of satellites were yet to be completed. Of the launches, GSAT-29 is a communication satellite targeting Village Resource Centres to "bridge the digital divide". 

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However, sources said that the launch of the two satellites in the remaining days of October was difficult, if not highly unlikely. "If ISRO pushes for the launches in October too, it will be difficult to pull off two launches in two weeks," the source said. When contacted, an ISRO official who did not wish to be quoted said that various tests required for the launch of satellites was completed and the dates for the launch would be finalised in a week. "Since satellite launch involves several critical steps to pull off, it is difficult to follow a set schedule. However, all efforts are being made to ensure that the satellites are launched on time," the official added.

Source : Two satellites per month: ISRO's plan hits hurdle

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #783 on: 10/25/2018 05:44 pm »
Space race with India? Pak plans manned mission.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/first-indian-and-pakistani-astronauts-to-be-in-space-in-2022/articleshow/66366489.cms.

 Is it real for god sake. LOL........

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« Reply #784 on: 10/26/2018 12:10 am »
Space race with India? Pak plans manned mission.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/first-indian-and-pakistani-astronauts-to-be-in-space-in-2022/articleshow/66366489.cms.

 Is it real for god sake. LOL........

I created a thread for it here, for tracking news and developments on it:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=46649.0

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #785 on: 10/26/2018 04:42 am »
@sanman Thanks for the info.

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #786 on: 10/30/2018 06:40 pm »
Guys any date set for the launch of GSAT-31 ?

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #787 on: 11/01/2018 08:20 pm »
So, I understand that the second assembly building at Sriharikota is now operational since 22nd July ? This should help in accelerating the process of launching rockets, correct ?

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #788 on: 11/01/2018 11:32 pm »
Yes you are correct, obviously there will be an acceleration in launch activity at SDSC-SHAR. Due to additional assembly building....
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« Reply #789 on: 11/03/2018 06:55 am »
Great! So my understanding is that by year end there will another 3 rocket launches at SDSC-SHAR?

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #790 on: 11/15/2018 12:00 am »
So it's never occurred to me to ask this - but what does the "C" in the various PSLV mission numbers mean? (eg. "PSLV C43"). It looks like it's some designation for operational flights, as opposed to the developmental ones.

Likewise, the GSLV-Mk1/2 flights have an "F" on them - what does that mean? Again, it seems to be correlated with the operational flights as opposed to developmental, but no idea what the letter is supposed to mean.

I'd read that the upcoming Chandrayaan-2 mission will be launched as GSLV MkIII M1 - so aside from signifying an operational flight as opposed to developmental, what does the "M" itself mean?

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #791 on: 11/15/2018 01:16 am »
So it's never occurred to me to ask this - but what does the "C" in the various PSLV mission numbers mean? (eg. "PSLV C43"). It looks like it's some designation for operational flights, as opposed to the developmental ones.

Likewise, the GSLV-Mk1/2 flights have an "F" on them - what does that mean? Again, it seems to be correlated with the operational flights as opposed to developmental, but no idea what the letter is supposed to mean.

I'd read that the upcoming Chandrayaan-2 mission will be launched as GSLV MkIII M1 - so aside from signifying an operational flight as opposed to developmental, what does the "M" itself mean?

The "C" in operational PSLV missions stands for "Continuation" and the "M" in operational GSLV Mk-3 flights stands for "Mission". As for "F" designation for GSLV Mk-1/2 i have no idea.
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« Reply #792 on: 11/15/2018 02:47 am »
I think the "F" stands for "flight". Seems pretty obvious.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #793 on: 11/15/2018 08:00 am »
So next launch is PSLV November end and the GSAT-11 ?

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #794 on: 11/19/2018 09:37 pm »
Folks any status update on GSAT-31 ? I understand this is needed to be launched very soon, otherwise there would be a problem for India in terms of telecommunications, DTH and video broadcasting services...

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« Reply #795 on: 11/19/2018 10:18 pm »
Folks any status update on GSAT-31 ? I understand this is needed to be launched very soon, otherwise there would be a problem for India in terms of telecommunications, DTH and video broadcasting services...

Right now, GSat 31 is scheduled to launch from Kourou in the early months of next year, but I don't know when it'll be shipped to the launch site.
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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #796 on: 11/20/2018 12:17 am »
Ramabhadran Aravamudan and Gita Aravamudan, who wrote the book "ISRO: A Personal History" speak at the Bangalore literature festival:


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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #797 on: 11/20/2018 08:17 pm »
Folks any status update on GSAT-31 ? I understand this is needed to be launched very soon, otherwise there would be a problem for India in terms of telecommunications, DTH and video broadcasting services...

Not only GSAT-31, but also GSAT-30 will be launched by Arianespace. Both these satellites weighing in the range between 2500 and 3450 kg ( GSAT-31 : 2500 - 2600 kg and GSAT-30 : 3450 kg ) could have been easily launched by GSLV MK-III. But it is mentioned in the second news report that the lifespan of the INSAT-4CR and INSAT-4A satellites - on which the telecast link and DTH service dependent - will have their lifespan over in January and July next year. Therefore ISRO has no choice but to depend on Arianespace. And the probable problem with GSLV MK-II's uprating that could have enabled it to launch upto 2.8 ton has complicated the matter.

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Q) In these next few weeks, how many missions are you doing? You have quite a packed schedule?

A) Actually that is true. If you have seen our schedule up till January,  we have 10 missions; that is, four launch vehicle missions and six satellite missions. The immediate mission is PSLV C-43. Then the GSLV will launch GSAT-7A.  Then another PSLV is going to launch EMISAT. Then GSLV Mk III will launch Chandryaan-2. Alongside, we have two procured launches that is GSAT-11 and GSAT-31. So we have totally 10 missions in a packed mission schedule.

Source : ISRO To Launch 10 Missions In 100 Days, Satellite Internet To Make Debut

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Contrary to earlier reports, ISRO has decided to launch the two heavier satellites GSAT-31 and GSAT-30 on Ariane-5 to replace INSAT-4CR whose life gets over in January and INSAT-4A, as its life span ends in July 2019.

"Unless we launch the two satellites (GSAT-31 & GSAT-30) before the lifespan of earlier satellites end, we will have no telecast link and direct-to-home (DTH) services in the country," pointed out Sivan.

Source : Arianespace to launch three more heavy Indian satellites

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Originally, the ISRO had planned to use its GSLV Mark-3 rocket to launch the two satellites. However, with the ambitious second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 lined up for early next year, ISRO was compelled to engage a foreign agency for the launch of the heavy communications satellites.there has been no significant progress on this front.

Source : India Continues to Use Foreign Launchers for Heavy Satellites - Sputnik International:

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #798 on: 11/23/2018 12:50 pm »
What has happened to ISRO's website?
No more frequent updates & weekly stories often.

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Re: ISRO General News
« Reply #799 on: 11/30/2018 02:00 pm »
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