Chandrayaan-2 orbiter observes solar flares, measures Sun’s X-ray emissions

  The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter was able to detect a series of solar flares over 24 hours beginning September 30 midnight, the Indian Space Research Organisation said in its latest update on India's second Moon mission. The solar flares (an explosion of energy near the Sun's surface) were detected with the…

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Training for Gaganyaan crew begins in Russia

  India’s first ‘Gaganyaan’ human space flight mission is slated to take off in 2022 and the training for its crew, drawn from among experienced Indian Air Force pilots, has already commenced in Russia, according to S Somnath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). Inaugurating the citizen familiarisation programme, participated…

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Who’ll be India’s new-age Astronauts? Grueling tests to decide who’ll get Russia’s ticket for Gaganyaan training

  No woman officer has been selected, as there are no women test pilots nor those in the fighter stream have enough experience as they have recently joined. The selection process for the future astronauts ‘Gagan-nauts’ for the Human Space Flight program under the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) underway…

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Demand for smaller satellites sends Indian startups into orbit

  A growing requirement for smaller and relatively low-cost satellites has brought a host of startups into action in a frontier that, so far, has been the exclusive domain of government agencies and a select few impaneled private firms. There are now 15 to 20 startups in the space technologies…

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Working on plans for future moon mission: ISRO chief

  ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Thursday that a plan is being worked out for a future moon mission after the hard landing of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander. He said that Chandrayaan-2's orbiter is doing "very well" and all payload operations have begun. Asked if the Indian Space Research Organization…

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Gaganyaan mission: 12 astronauts to visit Russia for training, says ISRO chief

  Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) President K Sivan said that 12 Indian astronauts, who are in the process of being selected for India's manned mission to space - space, will be sent to Russia. Thursday visited the Space Applications Center (SAC) in Ahmedabad. “The process of selecting astronauts is…

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