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ISRO Expects to Fly its First Small Rocket Sometime Next Year

In June this year, ISRO had announced its decision to transfer this technology to the Indian industry on a non-exclusive basis for usage in automobiles for Rs 1 crore.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan, left, and Junior Indian Minister for Department of Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh address a news conference in New Delhi. VOA

The Indian space agency expects to fly its first small rocket with a carrying capacity of about 500-700 kg sometime next year, according to a top official.

“The developmental work for our small rocket that can carry satellites weighing around 500 kg is on. The first flight of the small rocket is expected to happen sometime next year,” ISRO Chairman, K.Sivan told IANS.

He said the small rocket will be launched from the existing rocketport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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India to fly first small 500 kg capacity rocket next year: Isro Chairman. IANS

In a recent interaction with IANS in Bengaluru, S.Rakesh, Chairman-cum- Managing Director, Antrix Corporation said the low-cost small rocket requires a dedicated launch pad with a simple vertical launch mechanism.

“Though SSLV will be initially launched from our rocketport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, we want to have a separate spaceport for it later,” Rakesh had said.

Queried about Rakesh’s views on the separate spaceport Sivan said initially the small rocket will be flown from Sriharikota. Antrix may have its own plans for the future.

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India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 will be launched in the January-March window in 2019. Flickr

Incidentally, Antrix is calling Indian nationals to apply for the post of ‘Head, Manufacturing & Marketing of Space Systems’. The job description being: “Preplanning activities of new Space Transport Systems which Antrix is envisaging to put into production. Establishment of production facilities in co-ordination with ISRO and Industries for Technology Transfer and production of the System.”

Sivan also said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is evaluating the various proposals it has received for its lithium-ion battery technology and is expected to complete the process in a month’s time.

“In a month or so the first level of screen of the proposals will be over,” Sivan said.

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Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s communication satellite GSAT-9 on-board GSLV-F09 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the satellite as India’s “space gift for South Asia”. PTI

Over 130 companies had shown interest in the Indian space agency’s lithium-ion cell technology.

In June this year, ISRO had announced its decision to transfer this technology to the Indian industry on a non-exclusive basis for usage in automobiles for Rs 1 crore.

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre located in Kerala, will transfer the technology to the successful Indian industries or start-ups on a non-exclusive basis to establish production facilities in the country that can produce cells of varying sizes, capacities, energy densities and power densities catering to the entire spectrum of power storage requirements, ISRO had said.

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ISRO is the mastermind behind Mangalyaan mission. Wikimedia Commons

At present, the lithium ion battery is the most dominant battery system finding applications for a variety of societal needs including mobile phones, laptops, cameras and many other portable consumer gadgets apart from industrial applications and aerospace.

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Recent advances in the battery technology have made it the preferred power source for electric and hybrid electric vehicles also. (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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A satellite, (representational Image), Pixabay

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)