SATELLITES

  • A mysterious Russian object orbiting in space could be a satellite killer! 5 days ago

    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...
  • Mars Mission: Mangalyaan is in the pink of health, says ISRO September 13, 2014

    Chennai: India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission, scheduled to enter the Mars orbit later in September, is in the "pink of health" and sending vital information from a distance of 211 million km after covering 95 per cent of its journey, ISRO said. "MOM keeps sending us vital information about the health...
  • NASA satellite to help farmers combat drought August 24, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists, including one of Indianorigin, have developed a new satellite than can predict the severity of droughts worldwide and help farmers maximise crop yield. Currently, there is no ground or satellitebased global network monitoring soil moisture at a local level. Farmers, scientists and resource managers can place sensors...
  • Europe's Galileo satellites launched into wrong orbit August 23, 2014

    Paris: European satellite launch company Arianespace announced on Saturday that the two satellites of Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system launched on Friday from the European spaceport in French Guiana were delivered into the wrong orbit. "Complementary observations gathered after separation of the Galileo FOC (Full operation) M1 satellites on Soyuz Flight...
  • Photos: Have you seen what the IndiaPakistan border looks like from space? 19 amazing photos of India as seen from space August 21, 2014

    Have you seen images of the IndiaPakistan border from space? The picture clearly shows a border that is lit u by floodlights. The floodlights dot the border in Gujarat to prevent smuggling and arms trafficking. NASA has also captured some amazing photos of the Sundarbans area and the Ganges valley...
  • ISRO mulls developing higher capability communication satellites August 10, 2014

    Hyderabad: ISRO is planning to develop communication satellites in higher frequency bands and power and data handling capacity in the range of 100 Gigabits per second to meet the growing demands of broadband internet and rural telecom connectivity, ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Sunday. Radhakrishnan also said that the premier...
  • India's Mars orbiter spacecraft to reach target in 75 days July 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Exactly 75 days from July 12, India's Mars spacecraft is scheduled for a rendezvous with the red planet as it is rapidly coasting towards its target. Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has travelled 525 million km on its heliocentric arc. Radio signals from earth now take 15 minutes to reach MOM and...
  • India earned euro 40 million launching foreign satellites July 9, 2014

    Chennai: India has earned around 40 million euros launching 15 foreign satellites from 2011 till date, Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Jitendra Singh who is also minister for Earth sciences, department of atomic energy and...
  • PM Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO for PSLV C23 launch, asks scientists to develop a SAARC satellite June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday witnessed the PSLV C23 launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. A thrilled Modi congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation scientists and thanked them for giving him the opportunity to witness the launch in person. Speaking after the launch of the five foreign satellites,...
  • ISRO to launch PSLV C23 with 5 foreign satellites today June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: It is a big day for the Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday as last minute preparations are in full swing for the launch of the PSLV C23 rocket at 9:52 am. The PSLVC23 rocket will be carrying satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore. Among the audience will...
  • PSLV C23 launch cleared; 49hour countdown begins on Saturday June 27, 2014

    Chennai: A 49hour countdown for the June 30 launch of PSLV C23 carrying French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT7 and four copassenger spacecraft from the spaceport of Sriharikota will begin at 8.52 AM on Saturday. The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB), which met Friday at Sriharikota, cleared the launch, paving the way for...
  • CM Harish Rawat seeks 100 satellite phones for the state June 23, 2014

    The Uttarakhand government has sought 100 satellite phones from the Centre in view of state's vulnerability to earthquakes. In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said as a longterm disaster management measure, the Centre should make available 100 satellite phones on a permanent basis to the...
  • Five foreign satellites to be launched by ISRO on June 30 June 22, 2014

    New Delhi: India will launch five satellites for France, Canada, Germany and Singapore on June 30 under commercial agreements, space agency ISRO said on Sunday. The indigenous PSLVC23 rocket will carry a 714 kg French Earth Observation Satellite 'SPOT7' as the main payload. It will also carry 14 kg AISAT of...