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India Strides Ahead With First “Operational” Launch of Its Cryogenic GSLV

India Strides Ahead With First “Operational” Launch of Its Cryogenic GSLV

While much of the space interested world is looking towards Cape Canaveral and the launch of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission this evening, doubtlessly casting a concerned eye over the charred remains of SpaceX’s mobile launch erector just a few miles away, it was a very different rocket launching from a pad much further away which has […]

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India Successfully Tests a Scramjet Engine

India Successfully Tests a Scramjet Engine

As anyone who has traveled from the U.S. to India can attest, it is one damn long flight. And while it may not be getting shorter anytime soon, perhaps there is hope on the horizon. On Sunday, India took another significant step in its drive to develop cutting edge domestic aerospace technology with a successful […]

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India Successfully Tests RLV Technologies Demonstrator

India Successfully Tests RLV Technologies Demonstrator

From the Indian Space Research Organization: India’s Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD), Successfully Flight Tested Today, May 23, 2016 ISRO successfully flight tested India’s first winged body aerospace vehicle operating in hypersonic flight regime. In this experimental mission, the HS9 solid rocket booster carrying RLV-TD lifted off from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan […]

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India Completes its Satellite Navigation Constellation

India Completes its Satellite Navigation Constellation

On Thursday, an Indian PSLV rocket successfully deployed the seventh and final satellite in the nation’s IRNSS satellite navigation system. In accomplishing the task, India joins the U.S., Russia, China and Europe as the world’s fifth space power to pass this threshold, adding to the growing list of achievements by the rapidly rising space power. […]

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India Anticipates May Launch for RLV Demonstrator

India Anticipates May Launch for RLV Demonstrator

The prospect of clearer skies is helping India draw closer to a flight test of a reusable launch vehicle demonstrator. After delaying a test of the RLV-TD originally planned to take place last December in order to work through technical issues, the Indian Space Research Organization is anticipating the suborbital launch of the 6.5 meter, […]

India Aims to Double Launch Rate, Work With NASA on Mars Mission

India Aims to Double Launch Rate, Work With NASA on Mars Mission

The Indian space program was on display yesterday at the week long “Make In India” event being held in Mumbai to highlight that nation’s transition into a rising technological and economic powerhouse. ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organization took the opportunity meet with suppliers in conjunction with its plans to largely privatize operations of its […]

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30 In a Row: India’s PSLV Launches Space Observatory, Spire Cubesats

30 In a Row: India’s PSLV Launches Space Observatory, Spire Cubesats

India conducted the 31st flight of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) earlier today in a mission which boosted that nation’s first space observatory, ASTROSAT, as well as four uniquely named cubesats for U.S. based Spire. The PSLV flew in its heavy configuration, the XL version which includes six solid strap-on boosters and lifted off […]

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India Celebrates One Year At Mars With Downloadable Atlas

India Celebrates One Year At Mars With Downloadable Atlas

India is celebrating the one year anniversary of the arrival of its Mars Orbiter Mission, MOM, in orbit at the Red Planet today. To mark the event, the Indian Space Research Organization has released an extensive Mars Atlas (pdf) available for download. From ISRO: “The images from MCC have provided unique information about Mars at […]

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India Roars to Orbit With GSLV-D6

India Roars to Orbit With GSLV-D6

Shirking off rainy weather, India’s GSLV-D6 rocket lifted off today at 4:52 PM IST from the Sriharikota Space Center, carrying the 2,117 kg GSAT 6 communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit on its way to a final position at 83 East. The flight, the 9th of the series overall, appears to have been flawless, marking […]

India Begins Coundown to Important GSLV Launch

India Begins Coundown to Important GSLV Launch

India has started the countdown towards a planned Thursday liftoff of its Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, or GSLV rocket. Scheduled at 4:52 PM India Standard Time (7:32 AM EDT) from the the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the GSLV will be carrying GSAT-6, a 2117 kg communications satellite to geostationary transfer […]

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