Mars Orbiter Mission

Dr Mylswamy Annadurai is the program director for the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) launched in 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation. He served as the program director for the 2008  Chandrayaan-I mission to the Moon and is continuing that role for the Chandrayaan-2 currently in development.

ISROThis interview  was recorded in his office at   the ISRO’s Satellite Centre  in Bangalore on 26th March 2014 after MOM had been launched but before it had arrived at Mars.

 

 

Philae Landing on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

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ESA’s Rosseta mission highlight is now imminent. Philae will be start its landing phase on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 11th November and actually land on the 12th November 2014. This PDF detailed timeline lists events leading up separation, landing and just after separation. All the times are in GMT.

In the end Philae performed 3 landings,15:33, 17:26 & 17:33. Still not secured to the comet’s surface but telemetry indicating all science instruments are OK. If it has ended up in a shadow zone behind a big bolder – it will only survive for the 2 days its charged battery allows. In sunshine it could last several months but is unlikely to survive the close approach of the sun around spring next year.

More via @Philae2014  (or search using #CometLanding) and live feed below once the actions starts.

Why India went to Mars

Here is my piece on Marsdaily about the geopolitics of India’s Mars mission. Despite what the piece states at the top – I am NOT in Bangalore!      

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Information Security. Cloud Computing – A Commercial and Legal Perspective 

Cloud computing has been an information technology (IT) buzzword for many years and now it’s firmly ensconced in the mainstream of ICT and business. This session will look at the commercial and legal perspectives.

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ISRO’s GSLV Launch delayed

ISRO has had three successful launches this year and the planned three more are not quiet on track. Two of the three remaining are the IRNSS navigational satellites. The IRNSS constellation has a 10 year plan but will only work once the complete constellation of seven are in orbit. The first has been in orbit for […]

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Episode 68: Stephen H Smith – India’s forgotten rocketeer

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Contribution of Stephen H Smith to development of rocketry and the Anglo Indian community in India of which he is a member.

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Episode 67 : Technik Museum Speyer

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This episode is a preview of some of the space related exhibits in Europe’s largest aerospace museum – Speyer Technik Museum, in Germany. If you ever go and the following may entice you to do so,  four space exhibits to look out for include the following: Soyuz TM19 – The landing capsule Soyuz TM-19 was […]

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Episode 66: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

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November 21st 2013 was the 50th anniversary of a rocket launched from India in to space. The launch itself was an all Indian affair but with lots of international support. The rocket was American, carried a French Sodium Vapour payload with assisted by a computer and a helicopter from the Soviet Union. From this meagre […]

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Episode 65: ISRO – The early years

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The Indian Space Research Organisation formally came in to being in 1972. By then, India had been developing its space program for almost a decade. The first launch to space from Indian soil was a two stage Nike-Apache rocket supplied by USA with a  sodium  payload from France. The rocket delivered a vertical trail of sodium […]

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Episode 64: Bangalore Astronomical Society

  Another episode in the current series about space and India. Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS) is probably the most industrious astronomical societies in India. Founded in 2006, it has nearly 200 paid up members based in and around Bangalore but a huge number of national and international followers online. In this episode, BAS president Naveen Nanjundappa, […]

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