Vikram Lander: Last day tomorrow to establish contact

Things do not seem to be bright for establishing communication with ISRO’s lunar lander Vikram, as the south pole of the moon, where the landing attempt was made, will plunge into darkness for the next 14 days starting tomorrow. Continue Reading

Chandrayaan-2’s second de-orbiting maneuver executed: ISRO

The second de-orbiting maneuver of Chandrayaan -2 spacecraft was successfully carried out early today, the Indian Space Research Organisation said, inching towards achieving a historic soft-landing on the lunar surface. Continue Reading

Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters orbit around Moon

Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was completed successfully at 0902 hours as planned, using the onboard propulsion system, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said in a statement. Continue Reading

ISRO expresses interest to host Int’l Astronautical Congress

The Bengaluru-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation has expressed interest to host the week-long International Astronautical Congress in 2022. The Astronautical Congress is an annual event organised by International AstronauticalFederation (IAF). Continue Reading

Chandrayaan 2 launched successfully on second attempt

India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 with an aim to explore the unchartered Lunar south pole by landing a rover was successfully launched onboard its most powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from Sriharikota today at 2.43 pm, a week after the lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag. Continue Reading

Why did ISRO detect fault in last minute?

The question might arise as to why can’t the scientists solve the problem and get the vehicle ready for launch at the earliest. It is not that simple as the rocket should be launched in the optimal launch window for more efficiency and accuracy. It is said ISRO will now have a launch window of a minute every day till 31 July to attempt the launch of its second moon mission. Continue Reading

A look at plans pitched by scientists to clear space debris

India became the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China with anti-satellite missile capabilities. Ever since the news came up, some western scientists voiced concern over the space debris that has emerged following the missile test. Continue Reading

EMISAT, foreign satellites placed in orbit by PSLV-C45 rocket

India’s EMISAT satellite was successfully placed in orbit by PSLV-C45 Monday morning. ISRO’s PSLV C45 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here today, carrying India’s EMISAT satellite along with 28 nano satellites of global customers. Continue Reading

Minnie Vaid writes about ISRO’s women scientists in her latest book

If you think Engineering is a man’s world, then you are wrong. And if you think only men make it big as rocket scientists, then you should read Minnie Vaid’s latest book, ‘Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines’. It’s an incredible true story of women scientists who played a big role in ISRO’s Mangalyaan mars mission. Continue Reading