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by Varoon Shekhar
15 Sep 2019 03:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Not going too far off topic, I hope! Wasn't there an Indian company in the private sector named Team Indus( Axiom Labs really) that had, on its own(??) developed( or almost) a lander and rover, and was about to send it into space in late 2017/early 2018. But they just couldn't finish the project in ...
by Varoon Shekhar
13 Sep 2019 21:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Still waiting for that richly detailed article about all the technologies/ systems on board Vikram, that worked very well, before the mishap. So far, it's just general stuff like rough breaking and variable propulsion. Usually, Frontline's T.S Subramanian and R.Ramachandran provide superb write-ups ...
by Varoon Shekhar
13 Sep 2019 18:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ne ... s?from=mdr

Term "15 minutes of terror" is a disservice to science
by Varoon Shekhar
11 Sep 2019 00:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Prasanna, for how long did the fine braking work, when the communication link was lost with 2 minutes to go, had the fine braking already functioned for some time? Can the precise time be determined from what is known now?
by Varoon Shekhar
09 Sep 2019 22:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

No fan of NDTV, but they have had two shows about the Vikram Lander after Sept 7th, and both were balanced and essentially positive. No jibes at ISRO or PM Modi. One was hosted by Vishnu Som.
by Varoon Shekhar
08 Sep 2019 21:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

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Thanks, so it is accurate to conclude that the 'fine braking' succeeded only for a very brief time, say only a minute or two. Or did it perform longer.
by Varoon Shekhar
08 Sep 2019 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

After the success of the 'rough braking", for how many minutes did the 'fine braking' work flawlessly, before the mishap?
by Varoon Shekhar
08 Sep 2019 06:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226816

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Expecting pipsqueak BBC/NYT reporters to give this kind of a context into what is going on in Kashmir is like playing the flute before a wild bison and expect it to be tamed. Absolutely, or just about any international media with a Western or Anglo-American orientation to it. The absence of rich de...
by Varoon Shekhar
07 Sep 2019 21:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Actual life, most likely, will be/could be *more* than that. ..and it is no secret. The present orbit could be maintained for decades (or even longer).. interest may die earlier, but the orbit (and enough power to communicate with outside) can remain for a very long time indeed. CY-2 has better ins...
by Varoon Shekhar
07 Sep 2019 21:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

After RCA of yesterday, vikram 2 should be done. MOM weighed 1347 kg and was lofted by workhorse PSLV XL. Vikram + pragyan will come to around 1500 kg and could be doable using the workhorse. Aditya L1 is scheduled for may 2020 using XL. Maybe swap it for vikram 2. That's a super idea. Who says tha...
by Varoon Shekhar
07 Sep 2019 20:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Posting a series of twitter posts by the Principal Scientific Advisor GOI: The precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of almost 7 years instead of the planned one year. Here is an list of cutting-edge science that will come from the orbiter. From ISRO: The Vikram Lander follo...
by Varoon Shekhar
07 Sep 2019 11:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Philip, very well said. No need to take cheap shots at Pakistan constantly or make much of them. They are obnoxious and a nuisance, and should be dealt with that way. We should hail the superb effort of ISRO, and the overwhelming success of the mission as a whole. Feeling moved right now at the vuln...
by Varoon Shekhar
07 Sep 2019 04:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

What data and/ or pictures would Vikram have sent before the malfunction. It was a fairly long descent, wouldn't there be more than telemetry transmitted?
by Varoon Shekhar
06 Sep 2019 20:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2
Replies: 116
Views: 24149

Re: Indian Interests_2

Shocking and distressing to read about the deaths of Indians in the US from drownings, boat disasters( such as at Santa Cruz in CA recently) racist incidents, robberies and domestic violence. Of course, Indians aren't the only ones dying in accidents and crimes. But it's too noticeable, and one loat...
by Varoon Shekhar
06 Sep 2019 17:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3962
Views: 825846

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

X-posting after the faux-pas :)

SSSalvi wrote:October launches pushed to Nov.
About 4 Pslv and 3 Gslv till December


Awesome. Particularly eager to see GSLV Mark 2 with GISAT by year end. I'll hold you to it :D
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Sep 2019 23:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226816

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Swamy, for all his brilliance, cannot be trusted. For him everything is about himself plus he is not a team player. On top of that he is a loose cannon. Hence the powers that be in have kept him at arms length. He has my respect for his single handed fight against the Gandhis but that is about it. ...
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Sep 2019 07:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 359
Views: 98018

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

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No one doubts the Russian assistance to Arihant. It's the details and the degree that are foggy. For the new sub, there may be no or minimal help required.
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Sep 2019 07:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 2345
Views: 347645

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Hosting, conniving at, egging it on, these incidents, whatever, is a way of the UK feeling important and relevant in the world; also to strike some kind of blow against their former colony, who is now ahead of them in so many areas; for British politicians to crudely cater to their vote banks( perso...
by Varoon Shekhar
04 Sep 2019 20:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

It's definitely been awesome, virtually flawless thus far. One sour note- in all the determination and passion of ISRO to ensure the success of the mission, other missions appear to have pushed by the wayside. At this juncture, only one post Chandrayaan launch is confirmed before the new calendar ye...
by Varoon Shekhar
04 Sep 2019 04:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

^ Going really smoothly, this was a major de-boost. Wonder if the 800 N engines would have been used for this, or only the thrusters. And the 800 N LAMs operate for the powered descent starting Saturday morning. Was the satellite's orbit adjusted to 96km x 125km for efficiency and optimised performa...
by Varoon Shekhar
03 Sep 2019 21:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 359
Views: 98018

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

The sub essentially. Thanks, that's great, both are Indian. I wonder what degree( if any) of foreign assistance was needed. Maybe none! It's still a bit foggy about how much Russian technical help was rendered for the Arihant. Even after a decade since it was launched.
by Varoon Shekhar
03 Sep 2019 20:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 359
Views: 98018

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

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Are these Indian developed and manufactured?
by Varoon Shekhar
02 Sep 2019 18:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

And in all the justified excitement and anticipation about the lander/rover, let's not lose sight of the orbiter! It must now be in a functioning mode, or close to it. With all its 8-9 payloads. Okay, soon enough.
by Varoon Shekhar
02 Sep 2019 18:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

No, I was asking what the difference is between the MIP separation on board Chandrayaan-1 in 2008, and the separation of the Vikram lander from Chandrayaan-2. Were there any extra technological challenges in the latter? So, it's avoiding a collision between Vikram and the main orbiter. Since the MIP...
by Varoon Shekhar
02 Sep 2019 17:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Excellent! What would be the challenge of detaching the Vikram lander from the main orbiter, vis-a-vis more or less the same operation on the moon impact probe( MIP) onboard Chandrayaan-1? Is it just a question of more bolts to be sheared, or not even that?
by Varoon Shekhar
02 Sep 2019 00:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226816

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

sent a strong note to Sanders campaign .. https://berniesanders.com/contact-us/ Well done! I just sent one too. Unfortunately, the site kept refusing my "zip code"( in Canada it's called a postal code) so I had to give a US zip code. I mentioned Islamic terror and jihad in Kashmir going o...
by Varoon Shekhar
30 Aug 2019 21:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Infrastructure News & Discussion
Replies: 707
Views: 144609

Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/co ... 299642.ece

NTPC commissions India's first Ultra Super Critical plant
by Varoon Shekhar
30 Aug 2019 02:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226816

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

^ Have *any* of the international media- the NY Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera- reported these killings? They are oh so conveniently on the spot when there is a question of official accuracy/honesty about large crowds protesting goes( not that they report those inciden...
by Varoon Shekhar
28 Aug 2019 17:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226816

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

^ What one popular TV host called a $50 piece written for US newspapers, to denigrate India. So much that is wrong with it, it's hard to begin. At least should mention Pulwamma and the deaths of 40+ Indians there. Cross border infiltration of Jihadis, stone and rock pelting, indigenous militancy, th...
by Varoon Shekhar
28 Aug 2019 04:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

What is the LI4 camera, what distinguishes it from the Terrain Mapping Camera aboard Chandrayaan-2? The first photo of the moon was taken by the LI4, the pics of all the craters came from the TMC. Are they distinct? There is no mention of the LI4 as one of the payloads.
by Varoon Shekhar
26 Aug 2019 18:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

https://www.isro.gov.in/update/26-aug-2 ... ndrayaan-2

Quite a few new pictures of the moon's surface taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera of Chandrayaan-2
by Varoon Shekhar
24 Aug 2019 02:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3962
Views: 825846

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

I remember reading that a spacesuit was already made several years ago. Maybe they want more, or to try a different kind?
by Varoon Shekhar
23 Aug 2019 01:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Is that correct, about the recent pictures coming from the Vikram lander? The lander is not described as having an optical camera. It has 3 other type paylods. Do they mean the Orbiter?
by Varoon Shekhar
22 Aug 2019 20:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

https://www.isro.gov.in/update/22-aug-2 ... 19-1903-ut

Nice first pic of the moon taken by Chandrayaan-2
by Varoon Shekhar
21 Aug 2019 23:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Excellent performance so far! Accuracy is wonderful. Is there any reason that more pics haven't been released after those very fine ones about 10 days ago? Oh well, we'll see plenty in the months ahead!
by Varoon Shekhar
20 Aug 2019 23:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3229
Views: 478892

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

BIG: A Pakistani commando who was behind the capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman when his IAF jet crashed in Pakistani territory in February this year, and had reportedly tortured the IAF pilot, has been killed in firing by Indian forces along the Line of Control. According to reports, A...
by Varoon Shekhar
20 Aug 2019 11:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 1876
Views: 199449

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

juvva wrote:114 km x 18072 km -achieved
vs
118 km x 18078 km -planned

WOW !!!!!


Right on. Highly impressive and encouraging.
by Varoon Shekhar
19 Aug 2019 02:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226816

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

That programme was lousy, and the host was generally not sympathetic, though not hostile either, to India. Yah that Pakistani was horrendous. The Kashmiri lady was totally oblivious to the Kashmiri Hindus, to Ladakh, and to cross border and domestic Islamist terror.
by Varoon Shekhar
18 Aug 2019 03:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3962
Views: 825846

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

Just to clear up for lay people like myself :) - there is no perigee and apogee with Chandrayaan-2 at this time, right? It is headed straight for the moon. Then there is the 'lunar capture', which leads to a new set of perigees and apogees around the moon, until it sets in at a more or less 100km or...
by Varoon Shekhar
15 Aug 2019 03:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226816

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Surprised no one has mentioned MSN news as among the outlets that repeatedly display anti-India articles or negative India news. On J&K, they appear like they are egging Imran Khan on, when they feature his quote "We will fight India to the end" . This is not even an article questionin...

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