SATELLITES

  • NASA launches Earth-observing satellite February 1, 2015

    Vandenberg Air Force Base (US): A NASA satellite lifted off on Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts. The satellite is on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which...
  • NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture January 31, 2015

    Los Angeles: NASA on Saturday launched a new Earth-observing satellite that aims to give scientists high-resolution maps showing how much moisture lies in soil in order to improve climate forecasts. The SMAP observatory -- short for Soil Moisture Active Passive -- blasted off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta...
  • World's largest satellite network in the works; aims to provide high-speed Internet access around the world January 20, 2015

    Washington: A firm backed by Virgin and Qualcomm is planning to launch the world's largest-ever satellite network to provide high-speed internet access around the world. The firm called OneWeb has received investment from Virgin Group and Qualcomm to launch a constellation of 648 micro-satellites into orbit. The satellites will provide low-latency, high-speed...
  • NASA satellite to track droughts, boost flood warnings January 11, 2015

    Washington: NASA is launching a new satellite in January that will improve drought monitoring and flood warnings. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite will provide the best maps yet of soil moisture levels from pole to pole, scientists said. For the first time, scientists will get a bird's-eye view of drought...
  • Watch: ISRO tests its heaviest space launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III December 19, 2014

    India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry. ...
  • ISRO tests its heaviest space launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III, eyes global market December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also checked the working of an unmanned crew...
  • Watch: Live webcast of ISRO GSLV Mark-III launch December 18, 2014

    Sriharikota: It is a big day for the Indian space Research Organisation as it takes its next step towards putting a man in space. India's heaviest rocket, the GSLV-3, is expected to blast off at 9:30 am from Sriharikota on Thursday. ...
  • PM Modi lauds scientists for successful launch of GSAT-16 December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed scientists for the successful launch of GSAT-16 communication satellite, saying it will become a major asset for the country's space programme. "Kudos to our scientists for the successful launch of GSAT-16. The communication satellite will become a major asset for our space...
  • India's communication satellite GSAT-16 launched successfully December 7, 2014

    Bengaluru: After its launch was deferred twice due to bad weather, India's latest communication satellite GSAT-16 was placed in orbit by Ariane 5 rocket in the early hours on Sunday from the space port of Kourou in French Guiana. The European launcher blasted off at 2:10 AM (IST) and hurled the...
  • Launch of GSAT-16 deferred for the second time December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The launch of India's latest communication satellite GSAT-16 has been deferred for the second time in a week's time. It was scheduled to be launched early on Saturday from Kourou in French Guiana. In the earlier occasion, ISRO had on Thursday night announced that the satellite's Friday launch was...
  • GSAT-16 rescheduled for launch on Saturday December 5, 2014

    Bengaluru: India's latest communication satellite GSAT-16 will be launched early on Saturday from Kourou in French Guiana after it was deferred due to inclement weather at the launch base, ISRO said on Friday. "Launch is rescheduled on early morning of Dec 06, at 02:09 hrs (IST) from French Guiana," Indian Space...
  • GSAT-16 launch deferred due to inclement weather in Kourou December 5, 2014

    Bengaluru: The launch of India's latest communication satellite GSAT-16 in the early hours on Friday by Arianespace rocket from Kourou in French Guiana was deferred due to inclement weather at the launch base, ISRO announced on Thursday night. GSAT-16, designed to augment the national space capacity in...
  • A mysterious Russian object orbiting in space could be a satellite killer! November 20, 2014

    London: Western space agencies have tracked a mysterious Russian object in space, reviving fears of a defunct Kremlin project to destroy satellites, the Financial Times reported. Object 2014-28E - classified as an effort to collect space debris by the Russian military - has ignited speculation as Russia did not declare its...
  • NASA shows satellite images of Earth's sanctuaries in book November 16, 2014

    Washington: From the weaving waterways of the Sundarbans to the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia, NASA has unveiled stunning satellite images of Earth's last untouched sanctuaries in a new book. The efforts to conserve parks and protected areas around the world are being aided by Earth observations from space-based sensors...
  • Photos: From the Himalayas to Atlas mountains: 10 stunning satellite images of the famous mountains of the world as seen from space November 4, 2014

    Photographers have been capturing mountains and land across the world for decades. There have been expeditions to some of these mountains and dormant volcanoes have also been discovered in some cases. NASA's satellites have taken stunning pictures of the earth as seen from space. These 10 photos of breathtaking mountain...
  • Google now offers free access to satellite images October 28, 2014

    New York: Tracking melting glaciers, deforestation or disappearing elephants has been made easier as Google has now allowed access to real time, updated satellite images through its Skybox programme. "The fresh satellite imagery will be contributed to projects that save lives, protect the environment, promote education, and positively impact humanity," Google...
  • ISRO launches IRNSS 1C satellite, India closer to its own navigation system October 16, 2014

    Sriharikota: India successfully launched IRNSS 1C on board ISRO's PSLV C26 rocket from the spaceport here at 1.32 am on Thursday, moving a step closer to setting up the country's own navigation system on par with Global Positioning System (GPS) of the US. IRNSS 1C is the third of the...
  • India prepares to launch its third navigation satellite October 15, 2014

    Chennai: The 67-hour countdown for the Thursday launch of India's third navigation satellite is progressing smoothly though a thunder storm on Wednesday delayed some operations, a senior space agency official said. "Today (Wednesday) morning we moved the mobile service tower (MST) backwards. The operation was delayed by around two hours owing...
  • Countdown for IRNSS 1C launch commences at Sriharikota October 13, 2014

    Chennai: The 67-hour countdown for the launch of India's navigation satellite IRNSS 1C, the third of seven satellites in the series to put in place India's navigation system on par with US' Global Positioning System, on board PSLV C 26 began on Monday at the spaceport of Sriharikota. Following the clearance...
  • Cyclone Hudhud approaches Odisha, Andhra; relief teams make final preparations October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Cyclone Hudhud is fast approaching the Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh coast. It is likely to make landfall at Visakhapatnam on Sunday afternoon. Odisha government has asked the Center to send satellite phones for rescue and relief work. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also spoken to the chief ministers...
  • ISRO to launch third IRNSS satellite on October 16 October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: ISRO will launch the third of seven satellites of its ambitious navigation system IRNSS on October 16, the space agency said on Thursday. IRNSS-1C, the third satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will be launched with the help of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C26) on October...
  • China to launch new marine surveillance satellites HY-3 October 8, 2014

    Beijing: China on Wednesday said it will launch a new "constellation" of marine surveillance satellites in 2019 to monitor ships, oil rigs and marine disasters, amidst a string of raging maritime disputes with its neighbours. The HY-3 "constellation" will include a series of satellites that employ synthetic aperture radar technology, "capable...
  • Japan launches weather satellite Himawari-8 October 7, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan on Tuesday launched a weather satellite in a bid to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts related to natural disasters. The H-2A rocket, which carries the Himawari-8, lifted off at 2.16 pm from the Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan Times reported. The satellite is expected to be placed in a geostationary...
  • Indian navigational satellite's launch postponed October 6, 2014

    Chennai: The launch of India's third navigational satellite IRNSS-1C has been postponed by a week, the Indian space agency said on Monday. In a posting on its Facebook page, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said: "Due to an observation in the telemetry system, the launch has been postponed for a...
  • Space advances to be used for benefit of humanity: ISRO chief October 4, 2014

    Toronto: Rapid technological advances made by India in space will be used for the benefit of humanity, ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said. "Space's benefit to the humanity particularly Indian people is our main priority," Radhakrishnan said at a function jointly organised by the Consulate General of India and Canada India Foundation. The...
  • ISRO to launch IRNSS 1C on October 10 October 3, 2014

    Chennai: ISRO will launch the third of seven series of satellites to put in place India's own navigation system on par with US' Global Positioning System (GPS) from the spaceport of Sriharikota on October 10. The launch has been scheduled at 1:56 AM on October 10, ISRO said on Friday. The IRNSS...
  • Giant Aral sea basin now completely dry: NASA September 30, 2014

    Washington: The eastern basin of the Aral Sea - formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world - has for the first time dried up completely, according to latest images released by NASA. Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s,...
  • ISRO getting ready for IRNSS 1C launch in October September 26, 2014

    Chennai: Amid the success of India's Mars Orbiter Mission to the Red Planet, ISRO scientists are working towards the launch of the country's next rocket PSLV-C26, which would carry IRNSS 1C satellite, the third in the IRNSS series from Sriharikota on October 9. "We are working towards the launch of IRNSS...
  • Centre nod for use of satellite phones in Himalayas on September 27 September 17, 2014

    New Delhi: To boost adventure tourism, the government is going to give the muchawaited permission for use of satellite phones by adventurers in the Himalayas on September 27, World Tourism Day. "We have got inprinciple approval from the Home Ministry for allowing satellite phones in the Himalayas, where there is no...
  • Photos: Satellite images of the worst flood affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir through Google's 'Crisis Map' September 15, 2014

    The rescue operations in Jammu and Kashmir in flood affected areas are in full swing. To help rescue agencies in this operation, Google has come forward with a novel concept. Google launched a crisis map with updated satellite imagery to facilitate rescue operations in floodravaged Jammu and Kashmir.'Our hope is...