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India Lauches Chandrayaana – 1 Successfully : Milestone on the Space History

October 22, 2008 9 comments

India Lauches Chandrayaana – 1 Successfully :
Milestone on the Space History

India’s first unmanned mission to the moon started its maiden journey towards moon this morning.

With this, India is on its own way to create an amazing history on the Space.

Mr.Madhavan Nair Congratulating the team

Mr.Madhavan Nair Congratulating the team

India launched its first unmanned moon mission on Wednesday, following in the footsteps of its Asian rivals China and Japan, as it tries to show off its scientific know-how and claim a bigger chunk of global space business.

Here are some basic facts about the project:

* The unmanned rocket is called Chandrayaan-I. It costs Rs3.86bn ($79m), has a take-off weight of more than 1.3 tonnes, and is being sent on a two-year mission to orbit the moon.

Chandrayaana -1 take off.

Chandrayaana -1 take off.

* India will be the third Asian country to send an unmanned mission into the lunar orbit. Chandrayaan-I is much cheaper than spacecrafts launched by India’s Asian rivals. China’s first lunar probe cost over $187m when it launched in October 2007, while Japan’s Kayuga, launched in September 2007, cost $480m.

* Chandrayaan (“moon vehicle”) plans to map a three-dimensional atlas of the moon, and the surface’s chemical and mineral composition.

* The rocket carries 11 payloads — five from India, two from the USA, and one each from Germany, Britain, Sweden and Bulgaria.

* About 1,000 scientists have worked on the project for four years.

* India plans to send an astronaut into space by 2014 and a manned mission to the moon by 2020. The Indian government has approved the launch of Chandrayaan-2, which is expected to take off between 2010 and 2012, and will include a rover that will land on the moon.

Ship Chandrayaana - 1 on its way

Ship Chandrayaana - 1 on its way

* At least 16 Indian satellites currently orbit the earth, supporting telecommunications, TV broadcasting, earth observation, weather forecasting, remote education and healthcare.

* India started its space programme in 1963, developing its own satellites and launch vehicles to reduce dependence on overseas agencies. India’s constellation of seven earth-observation satellites is the largest in the world.

* In 1959, the sphere-shaped Soviet spacecraft Luna 1 became the first spacecraft to orbit the moon.

Neil Armstrong himself mailed the Indian medias to congratulate the success on this occassion.

Dr.A.P.J.Abdul kalam, Mr.Kasturi Rangan, P.M. Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Patil and all the Indians congratulated the team for its nice effort to take this project on a green success.

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India launches first space shuttle in 2010 : ISRO

September 1, 2008 11 comments
ISRO Space Shuttle

ISRO Space Shuttle

India is planning to launch a reusable spacecraft for the first time in 2010 and to send a mission to Mars as early as 2012, a senior space official Dr.Kasturi Rangan said Monday.

Space Shuttle, Indian Program

Space Shuttle, Indian Program

India has been successfully developing its space program in recent years, regularly launching satellites using its own booster rockets.

“Our target [for the first launch] is before 2010,” the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Madhavan Nair as saying.

Indian scientists have already designed a prototype of the space shuttle to measure parameters of the vehicle and determine future work on the project, the official said.

“The launch vehicle will use a rocket to boost it up to Mach 5 or so,” Nair said, adding that air-breathing modules could be integrated into the reusable delivery vehicle.

The news agency said the ISRO is also focusing its attention on an unmanned mission to Mars to study chemical attributes of the Martian atmosphere, and the planet’s sub-soil and terrain. The mission could take place as early as in 2012.

India earlier announced plans to launch 15 telecommunications satellites and 8-10 earth remote sensing satellites by March 2012, when the 11th five-year plan has been completed.