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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Space and Planetary Science' started by amusicsite, 14 Feb 2017.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member


    India along with China seem to be the ones taking the race to space seriously. India seem to be leading the filed at getting lots of stuff up into space in one got. The HGV of space launches. Starting with this impressive payload of 104 satellites.


    Mostly for these guys who seem to want to photograph the earth with, ultimately, thousands of reasonably good cameras on a small satellites.

    Later in the year they plan to put three landers on the moon


    Good to see more nations doing something a bit different.
  2. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    Lets not forget Japan!
  3. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    As you have probably heard by now the latest mission to soft land on the moon by ISRO was a little harder than intended. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was on target till the last few kilometers where it appears to have failed to orientate and slow down successfully. It's not a total failure though as they did manage to get the orbiter deployed into a 100 km orbit and it's got as expected life span of about 7 years. So hopefully that can still carry out some useful science. The orbiter carries a camera with the best ever resolution of 0.3 m ever used in a lunar mission to date so we should get some nice pictures.

    As far as the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover goes they were not designed to last the very cold nights so only had an operation window of 14 days. Needles to say they information the could have got in that time could have been groundbreaking so a shame it crashed.

    More amazing is that this payload of 3,850 kg was achieved with a budget of approximately US$141 million. As some have pointed out, this is about half the cost of a Hollywood blockbuster. Which is less than the cost of launching 3 SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. So I think their biggest achievement is bringing the cost of trying something like this down to the level more countries could try. Hopefully it also means we may not have to wait too long till they try again.
  4. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member


    Quite impressively, India's first mission to Mars is still going strong at the end of it's 5 year mission and will probably go on for at last another year, before it runs out of fuel.

    It's also impressive as it was a relatively cheap mission and they had success on their first attempt. Though it's not of great importance scientifically it's quite an impressive proof of concept experiment.

    There is an unannounced planned 2nd mission to Mars.