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Chennai: The intensive search for an Indian Coast Guard Dornier aircraft, that went missing near Karaikal in Puducherry, continued for the third day on Thursday with no signs of the wreckage, an official said.

There was no information on the aircraft and the three-member crew missing since Monday night, a Coast Guard official told IANS.

He said that a naval submarine was also deployed in the search operation.

The Coast Guard has sought the Indian Space Research Organisation’s help to locate the missing aircraft with the help of its satellites.

According to the official, there was no update on test done on samples of oil floating in Karaikal sea – an area where search was being conducted.

The coastal security agency on Wednesday said that 15 highly specialized Coast Guard/naval ships and several patrol boats of coastal security group were involved in the search operation.

Air sorties too have been carried out to locate the missing aircraft.

Queried about tower signals of cellphones of the aircraft’s crew, a Coast Guard official told IANS that no such signals were received.

The crew included Deputy Commandant Vidyasagar piloting the aircraft, his co-pilot and Deputy Commandant M.K. Soni and navigator/observer Subash Suresh, all in their 30s.

The missing aircraft was deployed for surveillance along the Tamil Nadu coast and Palk Bay. It took off from Chennai airport around 6 p.m. on Monday for a surveillance sortie but did not return.

An official statement issued on Tuesday said that the last contact with the aircraft was made at 9 p.m. on Monday.

The last known location of the aircraft, as per Trichy radar, was off Karaikal in Puducherry, where it was tracked till 9.23 p.m., 95 nautical miles south of Chennai.

“The aircraft was the latest induction in the Coast Guard inventory in 2014 and was being flown by highly experienced crew,” an official statement said.

The latest incident comes months after a Dornier-228 of the Indian Navy with three crew members went down in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa. (IANS)

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Satellite To Conduct Biological Experiments In Space, Plans Space Kidz India

Kalamsat will be the first to use the rocket's fourth stage as an orbital platform. The fourth stage will be moved to higher circular orbit

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Chennai-based Space Kidz India plans to build a satellite – Vikramsat – to do some biological experiment in space, said a top official.

She also said her dream of putting a satellite built by students will become a reality on January 24 night when an Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will carry a small communication satellite Kalamsat.

“We are planning to build a satellite called Vikramsat to do some biological experiment in the space. By this we hope to contribute in a small way to India’s ambitious human space mission Gaganyaan,” Srimathy Kesan, Founder CEO of Space Kidz India, told IANS.

Speaking about the nano-satellite Kalamsat, she said it was a 10cm cube, 1.2 kg communication satellite with a life span of two months. The satellite cost was about Rs.12 lakh.

According to her, Kalamsat will be the first satellite of Space Kidz India to be in a proper orbit as its earlier satellites were suborbital ones.

Space Kidz India is working towards promoting art, science and culture for students of India, create an international platform for them.

India will open its 2019 space programme account on January 24 night by launching imaging satellite Microsat-R for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and Kalamsat.

The satellites will be carried by a new variant of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket.

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Chennai-based Space Kidz India plans to build a satellite – Vikramsat – to do some biological experiment in space, said a top official.

“We will be launching 700-kg Microsat-R and Kalamsat with a new variant of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). In order to reduce the weight and increase the mass, an aluminum tank is used for the first time in the fourth stage,” K. Sivan, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), told IANS.

The PSLV is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.

In its normal configuration, the rocket will have six strap-on motors hugging the rocket’s first stage.

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However, the PSLV that would fly on January 24 with Microsat R and Kalamsat will be a two strap-on motors configuration and is designated as PSLV-DL.

The Indian space agency is planning to have the launch at about 11.40 p.m. on January 24.

The rocket PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new PSLV variant.

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Kalamsat will be the first to use the rocket’s fourth stage as an orbital platform. The fourth stage will be moved to higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.

Space Kidz India’s Kesan is a happy woman as Kalamsat will be entering the history books on that account. (IANS)