On July 28 last year, a heavy overnight downpour dumped 51 mm of rain on the city, resulting in the flooding of many low-lying neighbourhoods, especially in the south and the east.
The 6-minute-plus video – titled ‘I am an Indian’ – features 20-odd scientists in picturesque locations, and has been composed by aerospace engineer Shiju G Thomas. It has been sung in various Indian regional languages, including Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Hindi.
“The spare or standby satellite will make up for the non-functioning of the three rubidium atomic clocks on board the first one (IRNSS-1A) and one each in the other two NavIC satellites,” ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director K. Sivan told IANS from Thiruvananthapuram.
ISRO’s ISTRAC cell and the National Physical Laboratory have signed an MoU under which the latter will help authenticate precise timings for the space agency, crucial for its satellites, and also end its dependence on American GPS.
India is currently developing its own navigation system, which is part of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The NavIC will hope to compete with other navigation systems in the world like GPS, which is from the US government.
U.R. Rao’s work laid the foundation for India’s satellite programme. In 1985, when Rao succeeded Dhawan as ISRO chairman, PSLV had just begun to be developed, SLV had been successfully flown, ASLV had also reached a level of success. PSLV was the most important vehicle that was to become the workhorse for ISRO’s many satellite programmes.
Former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Udupi Ramachandra Rao died on Monday at his residence in Bengaluru. He was suffering from age-related ailments. He was 85. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan this year for his contribution to Indian space technology.
The world renowned scientists U R Rao, 85, was admitted in a hospital earlier this year with heart ailments.
The 4.6 meter Ship Borne Antenna System has been built indigenously, fulfilling all specifications and has established in-house capability for meeting future requirements, the space agency said.
Analysis of satellite images have revealed an “alarming recession” of glaciers in the Bhilangna basin of the Garhwal Himalayas from 1965, scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have said. Home to 9,575 glaciers the Himalayas are considered to have the largest concentration of glaciers outside the Polar regions.
PSLV-38 was launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) on June 23 from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite, a dedicated satellite for defence forces along with 30 nano satellites as co-passengers.
The launch happened at 2.45 am India time. This was the third launch of a communication satellite by ISRO in the last two months. On May 5, GSAT-9, popularly known as the South Asia satellite, had flown on ISRO’s own GSLV rocket.
GSAT-17 is the third satellite launch by ISRO this month, the other two being first developmental flight of GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions, both from Sriharikota spaceport. It will be the 21st satellite from ISRO to be launched by Arianespace.
This is the third satellite launch by ISRO in June. The earth observation Cartosat 2 series satellite on-board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) – C38 and the heavyweight Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III are the previous ones.
Together Indian and American scientists are making what is possibly the world’s most expensive earth imaging satellite that will cost the countries over USD 1.5 billion.