PSLV-C51, the first dedicated launch by NSIL, successfully launches Amazonia-1 and 18 Co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre - an aerial view
Rohini Sounding Rocket (RH 200) getting ready for launch




October 12, 2009

Oceansat-2 Payloads are providing Good Quality Data

All the three payloads on-board the Oceansat-2, namely

1. Ocean Colour Monitor

2. Scatterometer,

3. Radio Occultation Sounder for Atmospheric Studies

have been successfully turned on providing good quality data. It may be recalled that the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C14) launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota on September 23, 2009 placed India's Oceansat-2 and other six nano satellites for international customers in the desired orbit. All the instruments onboard Oceansat-2 are working satisfactorily.

The Ocean Colour Monitor (OCM), a multi-spectral imaging radiometer, provides information on chlorophyll concentration, and helps locating Potential Fisheries Zones. The Scatterometer, an active microwave sensor, facilitates retrieval of sea-surface wind speed and direction, and monitoring polar sea-ice. The Radio Occultation Sounder measures the parameters pertaining to lower atmosphere and ionosphere.

The data provided by the different sensors on-board Oceansat -2, will also facilitate monitoring of turbidity and suspended sediments, sea-state and sea-surface winds, and meteorological/climatological studies. The satellite collects data over the entire globe once in two days.


Images taken by Oceansat -2 Satellite

NASA Reaffirms Support for Mars Orbiter Mission

India's Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft is scheduled for launch on the afternoon of October 28, 2013. The launch window remains open till November 19, 2013. The American NASA/JPL is providing communications and navigation support to this mission with their Deep Space Network facilities. According to Scientific Secretary, ISRO, NASA/JPL authorities have reaffirmed support for the Mars Orbiter Mission as planned and stated that the current US government partial shutdown will not affect the schedule of Mars Orbiter Mission.

September 13, 2002

METSAT -- First Orbit Raising Manoeuvre Completed

The Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) on board the METSAT, which was launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) yesterday (September 12, 2002) from Satish Dhawan Space Center-SHAR, Sriharikota, was successfully fired for 31 minutes 48 seconds at 7:05 a.m. this morning (September 13) by commanding the satellite from the Master Control Facility at Hassan. With this first manoeuvre, METSAT is now orbiting the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 12,100 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 34,500 km.

The inclination of the orbit has been reduced from 17.67 degree at the time of injection to 5 degree. The orbital period is now 14 hours 10 minutes. The orbital manoeuvre conducted this morning was highly successful and the intended intermediate orbit has been precisely realised. Few more orbital manoeuvres will be required before the satellite is finally placed in geostationary orbit and moved to its designated slot at 74 degree East longitude in that orbit. The operations are likely to be completed in the next few days.

All the systems on board the satellite are functioning normally.




NASA Chief visits ISRO Centre at Ahmedabad

Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of United States, visited Space Applications Centre (SAC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at Ahmedabad today (June 25, 2013).

The NASA Administrator had a meeting with Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO/ Secretary, Department of Space along with senior officials of ISRO to discuss the on-going cooperative activities between ISRO and NASA and also the potential areas of future cooperation.

Mr. Charles Bolden delivered a talk on 'NASA's Space Programme' highlighting the current work at NASA as well as future plans to advance space exploration and reach new destinations such as an asteroid and Mars. In his talk, he made a special mention of NASA's new asteroid initiative, which includes work to identify and characterise asteroids of all types and a mission to capture and redirect an asteroid into an orbit closer to Earth so that astronauts can visit it. The talk was delivered in SAC Auditorium and transmitted to all ISRO Centres and Units. Mr. Bolden also visited some of the technical facilities of SAC pertaining to the development of satellite sensors and antennas.

India and United States pursue active civil space cooperation mainly in the areas of earth sciences, space exploration, satellite navigation and professional exchange.

This is the first visit by Charles F. Bolden Jr. to any ISRO Centre after he took over as NASA Administrator in July 2009. Mr. Bolden is the third NASA chief to visit ISRO in the past 4 decades.

Launch of GSAT-7 Communication Satellite on August 30, 2013

The launch of India's GSAT-7 Communication Satellite onboard ARIANE-5 (VA 215) launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana, is scheduled at 0200 hrs (IST) of August 30, 2013.

After a flight of almost 34 minutes, the GSAT-7 satellite will be injected into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) of 249 km perigee (nearest point to earth), 35,929 km apogee (farthest point to earth) and an inclination of 3.5 degree with respect to the equator. Immediately after the injection, ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan will assume control and command of GSAT-7.

During August 31-September 4, three orbit-raising operations will be performed to place the Satellite into geostationary orbit of 36,000 km height above the equator. By September 14, 2013, GSAT-7 is planned to be positioned in its orbital slot of 74 deg East longitude and subsequently the satellite's communication transponders will be switched on.