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National Space Act : ISRO initiates process to regulate space activities in India

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has initiated a process of formulating a National Space Act for India for regulating space activities in India, MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh said yesterday.

“ISRO is presently implementing the space debris mitigation guidelines endorsed by the United Nations in design and operation of all its space systems,” Singh said, and added, “ISRO is also actively participating with various international fora for conducting relative analysis of new techniques for debris removal. “

Towards this, a two day national workshop was held n January at ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore in which experts from across the country participated. A draft version was also prepared, which is under consultation with experts.

India has also signed co-operation agreements with 35 countries for peaceful uses of outer space.

Five international treaties on outer space activities formulated under the aegis of United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space are already in place.

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NASA Joins Hands with ISRO to Track Vikram ‘Calling Home’

The IMAGE satellite was launched by NASA in 2000 and lost contact after five years

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FILE - Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 14, 2010. VOA

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is continuing its attempt to reach out to India’s moon lander sending communication signals with its Deep Space Network (DSN), said officials.

It is also reported the American space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is sending radio signals to Vikram.

“Attempts are being made to reestablish communication links with the moon lander Vikram. The attempts will be made till September 20-21 when the sunlight will be there in the area where the Vikram has landed,” an ISRO official preferring anonymity told IANS.

The ISRO is trying to establish link with Vikram with its Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu near Bengaluru.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan displays a model of Chanrayaan 2 orbiter and rover during a press conference at their headquarters in Bangalore, India, Aug. 20, 2019. VOA

Scott Tilley, an amateur astronomer who found American weather satellite IMAGE in 2018 that was considered to be lost, on September 10, tweeted: “#DSN 24 beams 12KW of RF at the #Moon in hopes of stimulating #Chandrayaan2’s lander #VikramLander into communicating with home.

“Here’s a eerie recording of the searcher’s signal reflected off the Moon and back to Earth via EME (Earth Moon Earth) on 2103.7MHz.”

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“Meanwhile the DSN24 continues emitting its beacon in hopes #VikramLander will respond…A Good Night all!” he said in a recent tweet.

The IMAGE satellite was launched by NASA in 2000 and lost contact after five years. (IANS)