India ready to take a giant leap into space, to set up own station

Source: LiveMint.com, Jun 14, 2019

NEW DELHI: Having entered the Mars orbit in its first attempt and given the world evidence of water on the moon, India on Thursday announced plans to set up its own space station, marking its biggest leap yet in space exploration.

The 360-tonne International Space Station (ISS) circling the earth 400km above its surface is the only space station with a human crew. A multinational collaboration of Europe, the US, Russia, Japan and Canada, it has six astronauts on board at anytime of the year.

“Our space station is going to be separate and much smaller. We will launch it as a small module and that module will be used to carry small micro-gravity experiments. We are preparing the proposal to submit to the government after the successful completion of Gaganyaan in 2022,” said K. Sivan, chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). Read the rest of this entry »

Saab inks MoUs with Indian aerospace firms

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Feb 21, 2019

Saab, a global products, services and solutions firm with a footprint extending from military defence to civil security, has taken another step forward to expand its presence in India by signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with three aerospace manufacturers.

The MoUs with CIM Tools and Sansera are to expand the existing working relationships with Saab on commercial aero-structures for the Gripen fighter and other defence-related products in the Saab portfolio.

The MoU with Dynamatic is a starting point to explore future joint opportunities in commercial and defence-related aerostructures work, including Gripen. Read the rest of this entry »

Government approves Rs 10,000-crore continuation programmes for PSLV, GSLV

Source: The Economic Times, Jun 07, 2018

Bengaluru: The government has committed Rs 10,469 crore to India’s space agency to build 40 rockets over the next five years, which includes ten heavier rockets or the Geo Synchronous Satellite Launch vehicle (GSLVMk-III) that can hurl 4-tonne communication satellites into space.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved 30 operational flights of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the workhorse rocket of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) between 2019-2024.

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NASA shows interest in made in India technology for spacecrafts

download (2)Source: Financial Express, Jan 28, 2018

Jaipur: A new thermal spray coating technology used for gas turbine engine in spacecrafts developed by a Rajasthan-based researcher has caught the attention of a NASA scientist, an official said. Expressing his interest in the research, James L Smialek, a scientist from NASA wrote to Dr Satish Tailor after it was published in the journal Ceramics International and Thermal Spray Bulletin, said SC Modi, the chairman of a Jodhpur-based Metallizing Equipment Company (MEC). While working at MEC as a chief scientist, Research and Development, (R&D), Dr Tailor developed the controlled segmented Yttria Stabilised Zirconia (YSZ)-Plasma sprayed coating technology, which according to him could reduce the thermal spray coating cost by almost 50 per cent. “In simple language, vertical cracks (segmentation) in the coating are beneficial for gas turbine engine application used in spacecrafts,” Dr Tailor said.

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Aerospace engineering co Aequs to set up Rs. 500-cr facility in Goa

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Feb 17, 2017

Bengaluru: Aerospace precision engineering and manufacturing company Aequs announced at Aero India 2017 that it is setting a dedicated facility for Indian defence production in Goa.The company’s multi capability aerospace and defence manufacturing facility will come up at Tuem, Goa.

Aequs, which entered into the defence manufacturing business in 2013, has been actively looking for opportunities to partner with many India’s R&D organisations and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).Since then, Aequs has been working with HAL on machined structural parts for various platforms, including Light Combat Aircraft, Sukhoi 30MKI, ALH, among others.

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Global aerospace firms use tie-ups to tap India market

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Bengaluru: Joseph Weiss, president of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI), is bullish on India. His company is developing the medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and it has been expanding business.At AeroIndia 2017 here, he signed a term sheet for a joint venture with Kalyani Strategic Systems, part of the Pune-based auto component maker Kalyani Group that is building a strong defence business. “We will transfer technology to build these products for India,” said Weiss, who has similar ventures with Tata Advanced Material and Bengaluru-based Alpha Design. On Wednesday, Weiss also signed a contract with Dynamatics Technologies to build mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the armed forces.

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ISRO sends record 104 satellites in one go, becomes the first to do so

index.jpgSource: The Economic Times, Feb 15, 2017

Indian Space Research Organisation orISRO today created a world record in the space arena by sending 104 satellites in a single rocket.

The space agency’s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission, took off in the morning, at 9.28 am, today, from Sriharikota space centre with the 104 satellites belonging to international customers.

“This is a significant step for India. This entire launch will last for 28 minutes…It is a four stage mission. The first satellite will go in the 17 th minute followed soon by two nano satellites by India. Later 96 satellites will be placed in their orbits,” said Ajay Lele of ISRO.
The first to be let off was India’s high resolution Cartosat-2 series satellite made especially to monitor activities of India’s hostile neighbours at a resolution of less than a metre keeping a bird’s eye view on both Pakistan and China.

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