Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

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

Postby Ashokk » 02 Jul 2019 02:52

Gaganyaan: India chooses Russia to pick & train astronauts
BENGALURU: Even as India and the US spar over the former’s defence contracts with Russia, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has finally signed the agreement to get its astronauts for the proposed Gaganyaan mission trained in Russia, even as other countries including the US and France were being considered initially.
Isro chairman K Sivan told TOI in March that the agency was most likely to pick Russia given that the two agencies have had previous experience—Russian took India’s Rakesh Sharma to space—and the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) under the Indian Air Force (IAF) has also worked with Russia.
Rakesh Sharma, who is also a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) advising Isro on the Gaganyaan mission, told TOI: “I think it’s logical to go with Russia as it has been tried and tested. We’ve used the facility before and therefore it makes eminent sense. Although I am unaware of the state of readiness of the other training establishments. And, given the tight timelines that we have this appears most logical.”

On Monday, Natalia Lokteva, first deputy director general, Glavkosmos—a subsidiary of Roscosmos State Corporation (Russia’s space agency)—and S Unnikrishnan Nair, director, Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) of Isro, signed a contract for “selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts.”
An official statement issued by Glavkosmos confirming the contract, read: “Glavkosmos will render to HSFC services on consulting support of selection of candidates for the Indian astronauts, providing medical examination of the candidates for access to space flight related training program and providing space flight related training for the Indian astronauts selected on the basis of the medical examination,” said in a statement released Monday.
The work will be provided with the support of the Federal State Budget Organization, UA Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center, and the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
“As part of the documents we had given IAF we had described the kind of requirement and involvement of foreign agencies for training and so on… The training will be at three levels. After the rigorous selection progress, two levels of training will be done at IAM and the third level will be done abroad. Simulation of the real space environment, parabolic flights and training in the spacecraft et al will be done abroad,” Sivan had earlier told TOI.
Russia also trains astronauts from across the world seeking to go the near earth orbits. “As you well know that presently the only access to space to near earth orbit is provided by the Russians. And therefore no matter which crew goes up into orbit, the final training is done in Russia as they have to equip themselves with the systems of the Russian spacecraft,” Sharma said.

Isro established the HSFC to develop life support systems, crew training and planning for future missions under Gaganyaan.
During his visit in September 2018, Jean-Yves Le Gall, president, French space agency—Centro Nacional de Estudios Espaciales (CNES)— announced a working group for Gaganyaan and told said that there are a lot of areas of human spaceflight that France has expertise in which it would like to offer. “We even have expertise in astronauts’ training,” Gall had told TOI, adding that the agency was keen on partnering with Isro.

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

Postby sanjaykumar » 02 Jul 2019 09:20

jaysimha wrote:https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/isro-s-new-commercial-arm-newspace-india-officially-inaugurated-119052301780_1.html

Isro's new commercial arm NewSpace India officially inaugurated
NSIL was incorporated on March 6 2019, for commercially utilising research and development activities carried out by ISRO in the area of space
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NSIL was inaugurated by Isro's honorary adviser, Dr K Kasturirangan in the presence of chairman Dr K Sivan.



You can tell how the Indian space program is doing by Dr Sivan's smile. That is one enthusiastic dude, he is obviously living his dream.

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Postby Yogi_G » 02 Jul 2019 10:05

ISRO is the perfect case example of the intellectual prowess, secularism, ashes-to-success and meritocracy of the rising and aspirational Indian civilization. Dr. APJ and Dr. Sivan are classic examples of the culture and grain of the Indian populace.

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Postby Singha » 02 Jul 2019 10:36

not one tfta among the whole lot. all dark rice eaters. they have somehow blended long gestation r&d with engineering prowress.

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Postby Aditya_V » 02 Jul 2019 13:26

Well ISRO does not eat into a network commission unlike defence projects.

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

Postby Kakarat » 03 Jul 2019 00:40

Anyone planning to go to GSLV MKIII-M1 / Chandrayaan-2 Launch?
Registration for the viewing gallery starts tomorrow

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

Postby thammu » 03 Jul 2019 12:10

Kakarat wrote:Anyone planning to go to GSLV MKIII-M1 / Chandrayaan-2 Launch?
Registration for the viewing gallery starts tomorrow


Any link to register?

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Postby Kakarat » 03 Jul 2019 12:30

thammu wrote:
Kakarat wrote:Anyone planning to go to GSLV MKIII-M1 / Chandrayaan-2 Launch?
Registration for the viewing gallery starts tomorrow


Any link to register?


Have an eye on ISRO and SHAR SDSC websites registration will commence at 00:00 hrs on 04th July 2019

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

Postby A Nandy » 06 Jul 2019 12:27

https://gadgets.ndtv.com/science/news/i ... ns-2063905

India's ambitious plan of building a space station is at a nascent stage, and foreign collaborations for it have not yet been finalised, the government said on Wednesday. The space station, which is planned after India's first manned mission to space - Gaganyaan in 2022, will be of modular design, with the initial modules weighing approximately 20 tonnes.

It will have provision for extended stay for three crew members, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said in an answer to a question in the Lok Sabha.

The space station will provide a research platform in the areas of health, telemedicine, vaccine development, material development, disaster relief, farming, food and water conservation, waste management techniques, environmental research and education programmes.

The government's 'Make in India' initiative will be "a major driver" for the success of the space station programme in the fields of materials, avionics, fabrication, testing as well as integration of flight systems, he said.

The space station will have technologies like an orbital module to ferry crew and a life support system like in the Gaganyaan programme.

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

Postby Vips » 19 Jul 2019 06:49

Navy to buy Rs 1,589 crore satellite from ISRO.

The Indian Navy has placed an order with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for a new dedicated military satellite for communications between its warships, aircraft and shore-based units, with a launch expected within a year.

The Rs 1,589 crore order for a new military satellite—named GSAT 7R—will include launch cost and procurement of necessary infrastructure on ground. The satellite is expected to eventually replace the first dedicated Indian military satellite, the GSAT 7, which was launched in 2013.

The order for the satellite was placed on June 11, with officials saying the newlysanctioned triservices Defence Space Agency is likely to get several new assets in the coming months for communication as well as surveillance.

The GSAT 7R, which will be designed to be compatible with a variety of platforms including future submarines of the Indian Navy, has an expected launch date in 2020. In December last year, a dedicated military communications satellite for the Indian Air Force, dubbed the Indian Angry Bird, was also launched by ISRO.

The GSAT 7A satellite, which went into orbit onboard the indigenous GSLV Mk II rocket, is being used for communication between all strategic platforms of the air force, including fighter jets, drones and early warning aircraft. The GSAT 6, launched in 2015, is being used for communication by ground forces.

India has been steadily increasing its presence in space that started with the series of dual use satellite from the CARTOSAT and RISAT family that are used for surveillance. In April this year, ISRO launched the strategic EMISAT that has been designed to pick up electromagnetic signals and is likely to be used for communication interception and detection of enemy assets.

The biggest surprise that India pulled off however was Anti-Satellite Test carried out on March 27, in which a ground-based interceptor successfully destroyed a low earth orbit satellite. The test placed India in a select grouping of the US, Russia and China with demonstrated antisatellite capability.

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

Postby Mort Walker » 19 Jul 2019 09:07

^^^Wow. That's pricey considering Chandrayaan-2 is under Rs. 1000 crore. The GSAT 7R is about USD $230 million. Probably quite sophisticated in capability.

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

Postby Yogi_G » 19 Jul 2019 11:31

The Rs 1,589 crore order for a new military satellite—named GSAT 7R—will include launch cost and procurement of necessary infrastructure on ground.


Does this mean costs for the Navy or ISRO? I doubt it would be for ISRO as this should be a regular standard fare considering we already have deep space monitoring capabilities. Do they mean infra required for new Inter-communication between all vessels (including submarines) that the navy will fit with? I also agree that the costs appear high for a satellite, the wording on infrastructure is ambiguous.

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

Postby RKumar » 19 Jul 2019 12:51

Could it be setting up space operational command center? And linking real time input, processing and forwarding to relevant channels??

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

Postby JTull » 19 Jul 2019 16:01

Probably higher throughput, higher fault-tolerance capabilities with more transponders. That may require upgrade of terminals. 6 years is a generation in communication technologies if you were to consider mobile comm equivalency.


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