New Book Announcement – The Indian Space Programme. Available on 4 Oct 2017

My second book is available from next week – 4th October 2017.  Almost 6 years in the making, it is a detailed account of India’s Space Programme.  Available on Kindle and paperback from next week. The subject is not everyone’s cup of tea. If it is yours and fancy doing a book review. Drop me […]

Udupi Ramachandra Rao (1932-2017) Humanitarian and Space Scientist

Whilst Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai are rightly honoured as visionary architects of the Indian Space Programme, building and operationalising it fell to others. Key among these was Professor UR Rao who lead the team to build India’s first satellite, Aryabhata. He did it in just over two years with a small young team of […]

Book Review: ISRO: A Personal History

Title: ISRO: A Personal History Publisher: Harper Collins India Author: R. Aravamudan with Gita Aravamudan A delightful personal account of India’s space program from the very beginning. With personal memories from an era that otherwise would be lost. This is an important historical record of events that will in a few years be lost entirely […]

Manchester – This is the Place

One of the more memorable events from Manchester over the last week. A poem by Tony Walsh.  I don’t listen to much poetry but this is a Riveting five minutes.

Book Review : Space India 2.0

Title: Space India 2.0 Publisher:  Observer Research Foundation Author: Edited by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Narayan Prasad Free download from http://www.orfonline.org/research/space-india-2-0-commerce-policy-security-and-governance-perspectives/ If you are looking for a single source of current state of play with the Indian space programme from a diverse collection of writers from in and outside India – this is it. This book is a […]

Public Event. Anglo Indian Stephen Smith – India’s forgotten Rocketeer

What: A public talk on Anglo Indian Stephen Smith. His life and achievements. Where: The Larkhill Centre, Thorley Lane, Timperley, WA15 7AZ (about 3 miles from Manchester International Airport) When: 19:30 – 20:15 Tuesday 21st March 2017 The event is organised by the India Study Circle for Philately. During the 1920s Stephen Smith founded the Calcutta […]

ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1 – detected in lunar orbit

Using an innovative radar technique, NASA has been able to detect two space in lunar orbit from the surface if the Earth. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in 2009 and was in lunar orbit at the same time as Chandrayaan-1. Although a joint experiment was designed  for both spacecraft, it did not work out. […]

Book Review: ISRO’s Earth Observation Cameras

Title: India’s Journey Towards Excellence In Building Earth Observation Cameras Publisher:  Notionpress.com Author: Dr George Joseph ISBN:  978-93-5206-998-9 As a late joiner to the space club, India’s space program was in “catch-up” mode for most of its early history.  Never the less, original technological innovation did take place. In this book, Dr George Joseph describes […]

Book Review – From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet: India’s Space Journey

Title: From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet: India’s Space Journey Publisher: Harper Collins India Author: ISRO Chief Editor: P.V. Manoranjan Rao This book is probably the most detailed and most comprehensive account of how the Indian Space Program was founded and has developed since 1963.   There is no single narrative that flows from the […]

Akatsuki – New arrival at Venus

With two active rovers on the surface of Mars and six satellites in orbit, the Human exploration of Mars continues as never before. Two more missions will be leaving Earth for Mars in early 2016. However, the space news of this week that has not received the due global attention is the arrival of the […]