Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 28-31 July 2017

India Rising Lunar Future With PSLV Team Indus Launch, GSLV Chandrayaan-2 Launch

Dramatically Boosting India Lunar Profile Early 2018, GLXP Team Indus Preparing To Launch 1st Commercial Lander & Rover To Moon (With Japan Team Hakuto Rovers) On India PSLV 28 Dec For Soft Landing At Mare Imbrium 26 Jan 2018; ISRO 2nd Moon Mission Chandrayaan-2 Lander, Rover, Orbiter Poised For Early 2018 GSLV Mk. 2 Launch Likely To Moon South Pole (Chandrayann-1 Impactor Hit South Pole 2008); India 20th Century Pioneering Visionaries Passing On ~ Ad Astra Farewell To Prof U. R. Rao And Yash Pal; APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Being Inaugurated By Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Credits: ISRO, Team Indus

Friday / 9 September 2016

India GSLV Mk 2, May Take Chandrayaan-2 To New Frontier Moon South Pole, Performs 3rd Successful Flight

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During 1-2 Sep Meetings With ILOA, Former ISRO Chair Prof UR Rao (L) Confirms Likelihood That Chandrayaan-2 Is Destined To Open Moon South Pole / Malapert Mountain New Frontier, Launching 1st Half 2018 With Lander, Rover, Orbiter; GSLV Mk 2 With Indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage Proving Its Reliability With 8 Sep 16:50 Launch, Boosting India Capability / Launch Independence; 3 Future Flights Planned: SAARC Satellite End 2016 / Beginning 2017, GSAT-9 Satellite May 2017, Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Early / 1st Half 2018; GSLV Mk 3 Expected To Carry Human Missions

Also Pictured: ISRO Chairman Aluru Seelin Kiran Kumar

Credit: ILOA, ISRO

Thursday / 12 May 2016

India Launch Business Booming, USA Companies Missing Out As Feds Continue Export Restrictions

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Affordable, Reliable PSLV Launch Opportunities For Commercial US Spacecraft Obstructed By Federal Policy Protecting US Launch Companies From ‘Unfair Market Competition’; India Department Of Space Secretary K Radhakrishnan Cites Possible Waiver Opening By US For Scientific, Educational (Non-Commercial) Missions; About 60% Of PSLV Launches In Last Decade Were For International Customers; ISRO Commercial Arm Antrix Achieved US$280M Revenue (Profit Of $30M) For 2014-15; GSLV Being Commercialized In Near Future, Will Carry Chandrayaan 2 Mission In 2017 / 2018

Credit: ISRO, ILOA

Thursday / 10 September 2015

India GSLV Mk2 Success Boosts Chandrayaan-2 Timeline

9102015Chandrayaan-2 Lander / Rover Moon Mission Set To Launch 2017-18; India Space Research Organization (ISRO) Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Demonstrates Reliability & Versatile Orbit Capacity To Enable Chandrayaan-2 Launch Into Lunar Orbit Insertion Via Earth Parking Orbit (EPO) Of 170 x 18,500 Km; Scientific Objective To Understand Origin / Evolution Of Moon & Perform In-Situ Analysis Of Lunar Samples

Credit: ISRO, NASA

Friday / 28 August 2015

GSLV Mk 2 Success Leading India Toward Vital Launch Independence & Advanced Moon, Space, Human Missions ISRO GSLV

India GSLV Rocket With Indigenous Cryogenic 3rd Stage Will Be Declared Fully Operational After Recent Launch Of GSAT-6 Communication To Successful Orbit According To K Sivan, Director Of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre; GSLV Mk 2, Capable Of Carrying 2,500kg To GTO, Scheduled To Launch Chandrayaan-2 In 2017 & Subsequent Moon Missions; GSLV Mk 3, Capable Of Launching 4,000kg To GTO, First Flight Expected Dec 2016 With First Human Mission In 2021

Credit: ISRO, NASA, GSFC

Wednesday / 15 July 2015

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Partnerships Strengthen

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Richard Verma, U.S. Ambassador To India States Positive Relationship Of ISRO & NASA For Chandrayaan Mission / Moon Surface Exploration “From Outer Space To Cyberspace, We’re In It Together”; ISRO Charting Other Planetary Opportunities For Mars, Venus & Return To Moon With Chandrayaan-II Expected NET 2016; Recurring Successful ISRO PSLV Program Bolsters Future Launches Including GSLV-MKII

Credit: NASA, ISRO, United States Dept. of State

Tuesday / 23 June 2015

Chandrayaan-II Orbital Craft Module Structure Delivered By Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

6232015India Moon Mission & Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chandrayaan-II, Two Module Configuration Spacecraft (Orbiter & Lander) Orbital Bus Delivered To The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO); HAL Chairman T. Suvarna Raju States “The Orbiter Craft Module Structure Is A Three-Tonne Category Bus”; Chandrayaan-II Planning For Moon Launch In 2017 By Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MkII)

Credit: ISRO, HAL

Wednesday / 11 March 2015

India Space Budget Indicates GSLV & Chandrayaan-2 Remain Top Priorities

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ISRO Allocated US$1.2B For Space Activities In 2015-2016 Fiscal Year (Begins 1 Apr); Budget Includes $50M For Continued Development / Operation Of GSLV Mk-3 Which Is Capable Of Lifting 4 Metric Tons To GTO, Critical For Next Steps Of Moon Program & Carrying Out India Human Space Missions According To Former ISRO Director Suresh Naik; $47M For Space Science, Including $6.3M For Chandrayaan-2 Lunar Rover / Orbiter Should Land At Moon South Pole 2017 / 2018; India Is Garnering A Reputation For Accomplishing Challenging Space Missions With Efficient / Frugal Budget

Image Credit: ISRO, NASA

Friday / 30 January 2015

India Confirms Plans For
Moon South Pole Landing

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Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander / Rover Will Land Near Moon South Pole According To Anil Bhardwaj, Director Of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center Space Physics Lab; Announcement Confirms India Will Be At Forefront Of The Push To The New Frontier Of Human Exploration And Development, After Confirming Presence Of Extensive Water Reserves In Polar Craters With Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Orbiter; Success Of Mangalyaan Mars Mission Confirms Country’s Ability To Achieve Cost-Effective Planetary Missions; GSLV-Mark 3 Rocket Success Adds 1000-kg Capacity To Chandrayaan-2

Image Credit: ISRO, quazoo.com

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 12-15 December 2014

Successful Launch Of GSLV Mk-3 Will Advance India Moon Landing Plan

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1st Flight Of 3-Stage GSLV Mk-3 Scheduled For 3rd Week Of December; Most Powerful To Date India Launch Vehicle Will Carry 3.65-Metric Ton Crew Module Atmospheric Re-Entry Experiment; Designed To Lift 4-Metric Ton Class Payload, The Rocket – With Lift Off Weight Of 630-Metric Tons – Is Needed To Complete 2016-2017 Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter / Lander / Rover Mission; Scientific Payloads Of Moon Mission Expected To Perform Mineralogical & Elemental Studies Of Lunar Surface; Moon South Pole Is Likely Destination Of Moon Lander

Image Credit: ISRO