India’s Mars Orbiter Mission

Mars Orbiter Mission - Photo - ISRO

India launched its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launcher and everything, including the weather, performed as expected. The 1340KM Mars bound probe with a 15km  package of five science instruments will arrive at Mars in December next year. Currently MOM is in Earth orbit where it will remain for […]

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Episode 63 – Rakesh Sharma India’s first and only spaceman

Rakesh Sharma

With a population of 1.2 billion people, India has just one national with first hand experience of spaceflight. Rakesh Sharma, a now retired Indian Air Force wing commander in 1984 spent eight days in space aboard the Soviet space station Salyut 7. This account of his spaceflight was recorded at this home in the Nilgris […]

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Episode 62 – Vikram Sarabhai

Vikram Sarabhai  is unanimously accepted across India as the “father” of its space program. Not really known well outside India, he died suddenly and prematurely at age of 52 in 1971. He had studied cosmic ray physics and gained his PHD from Cambridge in 1947 the same year India became an independent nation.  He spent […]

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Book Review: Vikram Sarabhai – A life

  Title:Vikram Sarabhai: A Life Hardcover: 264 pages Publisher: Viking (India) ISBN-10: 0670999512 ISBN-13: 978-0670999514 Although, any national space programme relies on thousands of individuals, history has a tendency to single out one man (and it usually is a man) as an originator above all others. Sergei Korolev and perhaps Wernher von Braun served that […]

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India and Space

November 21st 2013 marks 50 years of the Indian space program. From humble beginnings devoid of infrastructure, experience or trained engineers, India today has an established track record of designing, building and launching satellites for its own national needs and commercially for others. The next few podcast offer a glimpse of the people and achievements […]

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IISP NW Regional Meetings

The videos below are recordings of the NW regional branch meetings of the Institute of Information Security Professional (IISP) recorded in Manchester. The videos and  slides  are made available with the consent of the speakers who remain the copyright owners. The next meeting, a joint one with the Chartered Institute for IT in Greater Manchester. It is on the evening […]

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Astronomy at the Manchester International Festival

The Manchester International Festival kicked off  at sunrise this morning and will run through until sunset on Sunday. Activities will run throughout this period – no breaks. The events include music, visual arts, theatre, dance, food and family events, some indoor and some outdoor, many created or performed by internationally acclaimed artists.. and me. I […]

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Jim Reavis – Cloud Security Alliance

A short interview with Jim Revis recorded in London on 24th April during InfoSec 2013. In this interview Jim talks about the evolving definition of of Cloud Computing, the CSA’s Star Registry, CSA’s Cloud Computing Security Knowledge certification and his take on how cloud Computing has been and is evolving. During the interview, Jim refers […]

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Book Review – The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin

Title: The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press (May 15, 2012) Author: Andrew L. Jenks Hardback: 315 pages ISBN: 9780875804477 Disclosure.  I contacted the author in mid 2011 just as I was finishing my book Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester. We exchanged some chapters prior […]

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Mars Beckons India – Mars mission set for November launch

Mars Beckons India

The dramatic announcement by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in August 2012 to launch a mission to Mars surprised everyone. It went further. In order to catch the next Mars launch window ISRO committed to a launch in November 2013. Miss that and they will have to wait for at least two years for the next one. This is an extra-ordinarily bold undertaking for a space agency with the experience of only a single mission beyond Earth orbit under its belt.

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