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Submission + - India's GSLV-F05 lobs advanced weather satellite into geostationary orbit

vasanth writes: More than two decades after the Indian cryogenic engine programme was formalized, an indigenous cryogenic engine developed by Indian Space Research Organisation successfully propelled for the first time an operational flight of GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) lifting into space the country's third exclusive meteorological satellite on Thursday evening.

INSAT-3DR is the second heaviest satellite placed in orbit by an indigenous cryogenic engine propelled GSLV.

Submission + - ISRO successfully test-fires Scramjet Rocket Engine

An anonymous reader writes: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), on Sunday, successfully tested two indigenous scramjet engines. India is the fourth country to demonstrate the flight testing of scramjet engine after the US, Russia and European Space Agency.

According to a report, the scramjet will bring down the launch cost of weather satellite INSAT-3DR which is a weather forecast system designed for enhanced meteorological observations and disaster warning. The satellite scheduled to be launched in August earlier, but it has been postponed to September.

Submission + - India successfully tests scramjet rocket engine (indiatimes.com)

knwny writes: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday successfully tested its own scramjet — an engine that takes atmospheric oxygen to burn engine fuel — a senior ISRO official said.
According to an official statement, "The mission was successful. Two scramjet engines were tested during the flight. The scramjet engines were ignited 55 seconds into the rocket's flight. The engines were tested for six seconds."

Comment Re:Somebody sold India a LOT of hardware (Score 1) 93

well the AADHAAR system you are talking about has multiple levels of authentication which include iris, fingerprint, OTP to your mobile and password.. and the system does not give out any of these information, any one can use the system to authenticate by the means they deem fit by submitting the authentication details to the AADHAAR service and it will get back with only a TRUE/FALSE response and nothing else.. so as a service provider you can decide the level of authentication required, a bank might decide to use IRIS+PIN where as a liquor shop is just happy to verify your age against your fingerprint.

Comment Re:Uhm.... easy fix (Score 1) 93

well it's not ppl cheating but pilferage in the supply chain that has traditionally been very difficult to control.. ppl at present have multiple ID (pan number - a tax id) to dodge taxes etc, this new system would mean that a person can only obtain one ID as a match in finger print or iris will cause the 2nd id not to be issued and the PDS system would need to authenticate the user for each transaction before any benefits are given meaning it is a lot more difficult for intermediaries to just siphon off 50% of the product and just make fake entries in the book claiming they were disbursed as intended...

Submission + - ISRO successfully launches 20 satellites (rediff.com)

vasanth writes: The Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday successfully launched a record 20 satellites using its trusted workhorse, the PSLV-C34 from Sriharikota. Apart from satellites from India the launch carried satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.

With 20 satellites, the agency beat its previous record of placing 10 satellites in April 2008. Till date India has launched 57 foreign satellites successfully. Russia holds the world record for placing the most number of satellites in a single launch. Its Dnepr rocket launched 37 satellites in 2014.

Submission + - India Launches it's final navigation satellite

vasanth writes: India on Thursday entered an exclusive club of five nations that have their own satellite navigation and positioning system with the launch of IRNSS-1G,known as Navic, the country’s seventh navigation satellite.

For many years now, India has been mostly dependent on the Global Positioning System built by the US. However, when the USA denied GPS information during the Kargil war in 1999, the nation felt the need for an indigenous navigation system. The system–previously called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System was designed to provide accurate position information to users in India and as far as 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) from its borders.

India has been gaining recognition worldwide as a low-cost option for sending satellites into orbit. In 2014, it put a satellite into the orbit of Mars, becoming the first country in Asia to reach the red planet. India’s space minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday that the country also plans to launch a communications satellite that will provide enhanced bandwidth connectivity to rural areas.

The ISRO’s rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV, also carried five satellites from the U.K..The space agency said it was the thirty-fourth consecutive successful mission for the PSLV. ISRO plans to launch 22 satellites in another flight of PSLV including 19 satellites from four countries: 13 from the U.S., three from Germany, two from Canada and one from Indonesia.

Submission + - India Launches Final Satellite for Its Own Version of GPS

vasanth writes: India on Thursday entered an exclusive club of five nations that have their own satellite navigation and positioning system with the launch of IRNSS-1G,known as Navic, the country’s seventh navigation satellite.

For many years now, India has been mostly dependent on the Global Positioning System built by the US. However, when the USA denied GPS information during the Kargil war in 1999, the nation felt the need for an indigenous navigation system. The system–previously called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System was designed to provide accurate position information to users in India and as far as 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) from its borders.

India has been gaining recognition worldwide as a low-cost option for sending satellites into orbit. In 2014, it put a satellite into the orbit of Mars, becoming the first country in Asia to reach the red planet. India’s space minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday that the country also plans to launch a communications satellite that will provide enhanced bandwidth connectivity to rural areas.

The ISRO’s rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV, also carried five satellites from the U.K..The space agency said it was the thirty-fourth consecutive successful mission for the PSLV. ISRO plans to launch 22 satellites in another flight of PSLV including 19 satellites from four countries: 13 from the U.S., three from Germany, two from Canada and one from Indonesia.

Submission + - Launch companies lobby to maintain ban on use of Indian rockets (spacenews.com)

vasanth writes: In September 2015, for the first time India launched a U.S. satellite, the satellites belonged to a U.S. company, and India launched them from its trusted workhorse – the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which has launched satellites for 20 different countries. Other U.S. companies have sought launches on India’s PSLV, including a Google satellite scheduled for launch in April.

Later the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) endorsed an advisory committee’s recommendation that commercial U.S. satellites continue to be barred from using the PSLV. In its Feb. 26 decision, the FAA said it agreed with its Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) that Indian launch services, owned and controlled by the Indian government, threaten to “distort the conditions of competition” in the launch-services market.

Submission + - Wine 1.8 Released (winehq.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Wine 1.8.0 is now the latest stable release of Wine Is Not An Emulator and available from WineHQ.org. Wine 1.8 features include support for DirectWrite, Direct2D support, very limited Direct3D 11 support, simple application support of DIrect3D 10, support for process jobs, 64-bit architecture support on OS X, networking updates, and over 13,000 other individual changes.

Submission + - ISRO launches six Singaporean satellites

vasanth writes: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched six Singapore satellites on Wednesday, the Indian space agency also tested the fourth stage of its PSLV rocket, the PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

The test to restart the fourth stage of the PSLV rocket would help India in its future launches while attempting to launch multiple satellites in different orbits. Restarting a rocket engine soon after it is shut off is a critical technology that has to be mastered. Once a rocket engine is activated, then the heat generated is very high. The trick is to cool it down in the space and to restart it at a short gap.

With the latest, India has launched a total of 57 foreign satellites for 20 countries, the Wednesday’s launch earned India 26 million euros.

TeLEOS-1 the primary satellite is the first Singapore commercial earth observation satellite. It was launched into a low Earth orbit for "remote sensing" applications. The satellites will orbit around the equator and gather data that will benefit those in the equatorial region. The satellites was put into a 550 kms circular orbit inclined at 15 degrees to the equator.

The next three satellite launches using the Indian PSLV rocket would be navigation satellites, they would be followed by some multiple satellite launches for other countries.

Submission + - Indian Space Research Organisation launches six Singaporean satellites

vasanth writes: The Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday successfully launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles core alone variant (PSLV-C29), which was carrying six Singaporean satellites.

The successful launch of these satellites takes ISRO's total flights of foreign satellites to 57. For the first time for ISRO, the launched satellites will orbit around the equator and gather data that will benefit those in the equatorial region.

Comment Wallmart (Score 1) 83

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Submission + - ISRO launches Astrosat, India's first dedicated space observatory

vasanth writes: A few days after it celebrated the successful completion of a year around the Red planet by its first inter-planetary mission — the Mars Orbiter, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday launched its first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory into space, besides six satellites for Canada, Indonesia and the United States. Though the national space agency has launched satellites for Indonesia and Canada earlier, this is the first time ISRO is launching satellites for the United States.

ASTROSAT will observe universe in the optical, Ultraviolet, low and high energy X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, whereas most other scientific satellites are capable of observing a narrow range of wavelength band. All major astronomy Institutions and some Universities in India will participate in these observations, ISRO said on its website, these include Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics and Raman Research Institute.

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