India’s maiden launch of the GSLV Mark 3 rocket June 5 marks a big step forward on the country’s path to greater self sufficiency in space — a strategy India has used to guide its space activities not only in launch, but the construction and operation of telecommunications satellites.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft would include an orbiter and a lander, with that lander carrying a rover.
The first of the five satellites, GSAT-9, is scheduled to launch in April.
After a third and final ground test of its newest cryogenic upper stage engine Feb. 19, India’s Space Research Organisation has said it is confident of launching its heavy-lift rocket this December.
India’s GSLV placed the GSAT-6 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit Aug. 27 in the second straight success for the rocket's domestic upper stage.
In a two-in-one mission, India successfully conducted the first experimental flight of its next-generation launch vehicle and demonstrated the re-entry and recovery of a prototype crew capsule.
U.S. Strategic Command and Canada’s Department of National Defence have signed an updated accord permitting the exchange of advanced SSA data.
India’s Space Commission has cleared the basic design of the country’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), which suffered two consecutive failures in 2010. However, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) does not expect to launch the GSLV again before 2012, a decision that has prompted ISRO to look abroad for launch accommodations for a pair of government satellites.
BANGALORE, India — An Indian Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) carrying a telecommunications satellite was destroyed about a minute after liftoff Dec. 25 after veering off course in the second straight failure involving that rocket.
India plans to launch its educational communications satellite, dubbed Edusat, Sept. 20 aboard a Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), the Indian Space Research Organisation announced Sept. 10.