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Close encounter of asteroid 2011 MD with Earth on Jun 27: NASA


PTI The newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometres above Earth’s surface on June 27, NASA said today. NASA analysts said that there is no chance the space rock will strike Earth.Nevertheless, the encounter is so close that Earth’s gravity will sharply perturb the asteroid’s trajectory, they said in the space agency’s official [...]

ISRO to test indigenous cryogenic stage onboard GSLV-D5


PTI India will undertake the flight test of its indigenous cryogenic stage onboard homegrown rocket GSLV-D5 which will launch GSAT-14 by the middle of 2012, a top ISRO official has said. A facility for static testing of the cryogenic engine would be ready in another two months at ISRO’s Liquid Propulsions Systems centre (LPSC) at [...]

ISRO to begin flight testing of GSLV MkIII in next two years


IANS The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday said it will start flight testing of the GSLV Mk III for launching four-tonne class of satellites in the next two years. Addressing the National Technology Summit here, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the space agency would be completing work on the Astrosat and the Aditya [...]

Rs 10,000-crore push for India’s supercomp plan


India this week committed Rs 10,000 crore to indigenously develop the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2017. The Planning Commission agreed in principle to provide the funds to the Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO) and Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore to develop a supercomputer w ith a performance of 132.8 exaflops (132 quintillion floating operations [...]

India’s heavy satellite GSAT-8 launched from French Guiana


IANS India’s heavy geo-stationary satellite GSAT-8 lifted off successfully onboard the Ariane-V rocket at 0211 IST Saturday from Kourou in French Guiana, an official from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The indigenously built 3.1-tonne (3,100 kg) GSAT-8 has 24 high powered Ku-band transponders for direct-to-home (DTH) services by state-run and private broadcasters. Ariane-V [...]

ISRO puts on hold moon mission Chandrayaan 2


Mail Today The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided to review the entire Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) programme that involved two crashes last year and one in 2006. As a result, all major launches, including the second moon mission – Chandrayaan 2 – are being rescheduled. The space agency had earlier announced that [...]

A GIANT asteroid heading towards Earth will just miss us in November, Nasa experts predicted last night.


The Sun The space rock is 1,300ft wide and weighs 55million tons – the largest object ever to approach our planet so close. It will pass at a distance of 201,700 miles – described by an astronomer as “a cosmic hair’s breadth”. That is closer than the Moon, which orbits 238,857 miles away on average. [...]

USAF to launch first SBIRS spacecraft


UPI The first Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous spacecraft for enhanced U.S. missile defense is ready for launch in Florida. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force have placed the satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle, which is scheduled for liftoff Friday. SBIRS GEO-1 will enhance early warning of missile launches [...]

China unveils blueprint of manned space station


BNS China has officially unveiled the blueprint of its space station which it plans to put in orbit by 2020 for future manned missions. The 60-ton space station consisting of three modules will be part of China’s ambitious manned space programme to send astronauts to Moon and beyond. The design of the space station was [...]

India’s GSAT-8 getting ready for lift off on May 19


BNS After conducting its second successful space mission last week, Arainespace is gearing up to launch India’s large communications satellite GSAT-8 on board its Ariane 5 rocket next month. The ISRO-built multi-role spacecraft is undergoing an in-depth checkout at the spaceport in French Guiana in preparation for its liftoff on May 19, Arianespace, the European [...]

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