K Radhakrishnan

  • Mangalyaan doing well, will reach Martian orbit on September 24 May 12, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: India's maiden inter-planetary mission to Mars "Mangalyaan" was on course and the orbiter would reach the Martian orbit on September 24, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Monday. Dismissing the sceptical views expressed by certain quarters over the misssion, he said, "Mars mission is going well...
  • Indian rocket carrying navigation satellite blasts off April 4, 2014

    An Indian rocket carrying the country's second navigation satellite - IRNSS-1B - on Friday blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota  in Andhra Pradesh. Exactly at 5.14 p.m., the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C24 (PSLV-C24) standing around 44.4 metres tall and weighing around 320 tonnes - tore into...
  • ISRO chief expects India's own satellite navigation system by 2014 end March 31, 2014

    India is expected to have its own satellite navigation system with the launch of three more satellites before the end of this year, said the Indian space agency's chief on Monday. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Radhakrishnan said that Indian communication satellite INSAT-3E has been decommissioned couple of days...
  • India to launch Chandrayaan-II by 2017 January 10, 2014

    Buoyed by the success of Chandrayaan-I mission which was meant to orbit the Moon, India will launch the second ambitious mission to land a rover there in the next two to three years. The Chandrayaan-II will have indigenously developed rover and a lander using the Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV). "Chandrayaan-II is...
  • ISRO's indigenous cryogenic engine a success, GSLV-D5 launches GSAT-14 January 5, 2014

    Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday successfully launched India's heavy rocket GSLV-D5 with an indigenous cryogenic engine from the spaceport at Sriharikota, near Chennai. The rocket cost Rs 173 crore and satellite costs Rs 45 crore. The total weight is around 415 tonnes and the mission costs around...
  • Mars Orbiter raising falls short of target November 11, 2013

    India's Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) seemed to have suffered from some trouble while raising its orbit for the fourth time on Monday, as per posted on the official page of ISRO on Facebook. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in a posting on its Facebook page had said:...
  • Mars Orbiter raising falls short of target November 11, 2013

    India's Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) seemed to have suffered from some trouble while raising its orbit for the fourth time on Monday, as per posted on the official page of ISRO on Facebook. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in a posting on its Facebook page had said:...
  • Sack ISRO chief for taking Mars mission replica to Tirupati: Rationalists November 6, 2013

    Mangalore: The Federation of Rationalist Associations has strongly criticised ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan for offering special prayers and performing pooja with the replica of Mars Orbiter Mission at the Lord Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati, a day before the successful launch of the spacecraft from Sriharikota. In a statement the federation...
  • Launch is only part of Mars mission; challenges ahead November 5, 2013

    The successful launch of the country's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on Tuesday, is only part of the country's first inter-planetary venture story. The space odyssey is long and complex. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now looking forward to two key dates December 1, when the MOM spacecraft leaves the earth's...
  • India sends Mars Mission into space successfully November 6, 2013

    Sriharikota: India's journey to Mars has begun with the successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) joined an elite club of just four agencies in the world which dared to travel to Mars. The Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission was successfully launched from...
  • Mars, the red planet, demystified for young readers November 5, 2013

    Indian Space Research Organisation's historic mission to Mars makes for fascinating reading and will spark the interest of young minds in space science and space journeys, says ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan in the forward of a new book on the red planet. "India's tryst with space science dates back to ancient...
  • ISRO chief Radhakrishnan seeks divine blessings for Mars mission November 5, 2013

    Ahead of India's maiden mission to Mars, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan on Monday offered worship at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near Tirupati. Radhakrishnan, accompanied by his wife Padmini, offered prayers early this morning for the successful launch of PSLV-C25 from Sriharikota on Tuesday, temple sources told. An ardent devotee, Radhakrishnan...
  • India's Mars Orbiter Mission's little-known facts November 5, 2013

    At 2:38 pm on November 5, 2013 a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C25 will lift off from Sriharikota spaceport with the aim of reaching the red planet Mars. If the mission is successful then the PSLV-C25 will travel for almost 300 days, cover 680 million kilometres and reach Mars on September...
  • Countdown begins to India's Mars Mission November 5, 2013

    Bangalore: The countdown has begun for Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mission Mars and the spacecraft named Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will be launched at 2:38 pm on Tuesday from Sriharikota spaceport. It will then begin a 9-month long journey towards the red planet and enter the Martian orbit in...
  • Indian sensor to sniff out methane in Mars orbit November 4, 2013

    India's tryst with Mars could lead to finding methane on the Red Planet for the first time by a sensor onboard the spacecraft being launched on Tuesday from Sriharikota spaceport, 80 km northeast of Chennai. Of the five scientific instruments, the 1.3-tonne Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will carry to the Red...
  • Mission Mars will lead to more exploratory missions November 4, 2013

    Bangalore: India is set to fly its first mission to Mars on November 5. Even as scientists get set for the nine-month long wait in knowing whether the spacecraft is functioning fine, they also know that it's a matter of time before they start planning for the next mission. "We...
  • Countdown begins for India's first mission to find signs of life on Mars October 30, 2013

    Bangalore: India is set to fly it's first ever mission to another planet with the Mars mission slated for launch on November 5. The spacecraft named the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will take about nine months to move from the Earth's orbit to the orbit of Mars and is estimated...
  • India's Mars mission to blast off on Nov 5 from Sriharikota October 22, 2013

    India's ambitious Rs.450 crore space mission to Mars has now been fixed for blast-off on Novemner 5, said a top Indian space agency official Tuesday. "The Mars mission has been fixed for Nov 5. The heat shield of the rocket (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-PSLV) has been closed and the final electrical...
  • India's Mars mission satellite mated with rocket, launch date revised October 20, 2013

    Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organization completed integration of its Mars mission satellite on Sunday with the rocket while the heat shield is expected to be closed in couple of days, an official said. "The 1,340 kg satellite was mated with the rocket today (Sunday). The heat shield will be closed...
  • India's Mars mission delayed by a week October 19, 2013

    Chennai: India's Mars Orbiter Mission, scheduled for launch Oct 28, has been delayed and the fresh date will be announced later, said the space agency chief. "Of the two ships Nalanda and Yamuna, only Yamanua has reached Fiji. Nalanda has not reached there. It is expected to reach Fiji only around...
  • India launches weather satellite INSAT-3D July 26, 2013

    Bangalore: India on Friday successfully launched its advanced meteorological spacecraft INSAT-3D by a European rocket from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana, enhancing the country's capability in weather forecasting and disaster warning fields. After a smooth countdown lasting 11 hours and 30 minutes, the Ariane-5 launch vehicle of the French...
  • India plans string of satellite launches July 2, 2013

    Sriharikota: The Indian space agency has lined up a string of launches, including the silver jubilee flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C25 (PSLV-C25) carrying the Mars orbiter, a top official said. "The Mars mission will be anytime after October 21 this year," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K...
  • ISRO seeks more participation of private players in JVs July 2, 2013

    Sriharikota: With its workhorse PSLV creating a niche for itself in the space industry across the globe, ISRO is looking for the more participation of private players in joint ventures, a top official said on Tuesday. "Over 400 industrial firms are already working with us. PSLV has created...
  • ISRO looking for more participation of private players July 2, 2013

    Sriharikota: With its workhorse PSLV creating a niche for itself in the space industry across the globe, ISRO is looking for the more participation of private players in joint ventures, a top official said on Monday. "Over 400 industrial firms are already working with us. PSLV has created a niche...
  • India launches its first dedicated navigation satellite July 2, 2013

    Sriharikota: In a landmark late night journey into a new era of space application, India on Monday successfully launched its first dedicated navigation satellite using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle which blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Precisely at 11.41 pm, India's workhorse PSLV C22 lifted...
  • 'India's first midnight satellite launch progressing smoothly' June 29, 2013

    Chennai: The countdown for the first midnight launch of an Indian navigation satellite July 1, 2013 began on Saturday at Sriharikota rocket launch centre in Andhra Pradesh and is progressing smoothly, a senior official said. "The 64.5 hour countdown for India's first navigational satellite IRNSS-1A began at 7.11 am today (Saturday)....
  • NASA to launch mission to capture, redirect an asteroid June 26, 2013

    Bangalore: US' National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) will launch a space mission to capture and redirect an asteroid into an orbit closer to earth to enable its astronauts to visit it, a top space official said on Tuesday. "As part of our new initiative, we are going to launch a...
  • ISRO planning privately built PSLV launch in 5 years April 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Moving forward on its plans to rope in the industry in its activities, ISRO is looking towards the launch of the first privately built rocket in the next five years. The Indian Space Research Organisation has embarked on hiving off production of communication satellites and polar satellite launch...
  • GSLV-Mk III experimental flight next year: ISRO April 3, 2013

    New Delhi: India plans to launch a next generation rocket to put heavier satellites and more astronauts into outer space within a year, a top official said on Wednesday. "The first experimental flight of the GSLV Mark III will take place one year from now," K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space...
  • India to launch first navigation satellite in June March 17, 2013

    Bangalore: India will launch in June 2013 the first of the seven Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) into the earth orbit to provide real-time position, navigation and time services to multiple users, the space agency chief said on Saturday. "We are preparing to launch the first of the navigation satellites...