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    ISRO has come out with a "Draft Space Activities Bill, 2017" inviting comments and suggestions from the public.

    http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/space-...-draft-bill-2/

    The increasing trend of private sector participation and prevalence of legislation in space faring nations has triggered the Department of Space to come out with a draft legislation on space activities.

    ISRO has in its website posted the Draft Space Activities Bill, 2017 inviting comments and suggestions from the public.

    ISRO stated that there was need for a National Space legislation for supporting the overall growth of the Space activities in India. This would encourage enhanced participation of non-governmental and private sector agencies in Space activities in the country, in compliance with international treaty obligations, which was becoming very relevant today.

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    ISRO has a new chief. He is K. Sivan, the current director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/isro-gets-n...k-sivan-756568

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which is gearing up to launch its 100thsatellite on January 12, has gotten itself a chief. Renowned scientist K Sivan has been appointed as the chairman of ISRO and will take over from AS Kiran Kumar on Friday.

    His appointment was approved by Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) on Wednesday, January 10, and he will be in charge for a tenure of three years, reported IANS.

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    India's successful launch of its PSLV today also represented the launching of the 100th Indian satellite.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-...sho2ie8vL.html

    Indian space agency Isro launched its 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission on Friday from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

    Thirty-one spacecrafts, including weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, were launched by PSLV-C40. Out of the 31, 28 satellites are foreign, while three are from India. “When the last satellite is ejected out it will become the hundredth satellite...the first century we have done. It is the maiden century. So PSLV-C40 marks maiden century of Indian satellite,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Satellite Centre Director M Annadurai told PTI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    ISRO has a new chief. He is K. Sivan, the current director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/isro-gets-n...k-sivan-756568
    More information on ISRO's new chief and why he has the nick name "rocket man".

    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com...w/62533137.cms

    K Radhakrishnan, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), remembers the end of 2010 as among the most critical period during his tenure at the helm.

    Two successive development launches of the Geostationary Launch Vehicle (GSLV) had failed that year, and the rocket was not qualified for flight even after two decades of development. The Mars Orbiter mission had not started yet, and ISRO needed to prove to the country that it was worth its salt.

    Radhakrishnan turned to K Sivan, who was then heading the reusable vehicle programme, and made him project director of GSLV. That perhaps was the most prominent milestone in Sivan's rise to take over as the chairman of ISRO on Monday. GSLV till then had an unusual history. The first flight in 2001 was a partial failure, and the next two flights were successful. Then came four failures in succession. It was rare for a vehicle to succeed early and then keep failing after that.

    As soon as he came on board, Sivan asked some hard questions. Did ISRO understand the cryogenic engine well enough? What were the hidden problems in GSLV? Are there serious quality issues? Sivan understood quickly that the early successes of GSLV could have masked serious flaws in the vehicle. "There was double trouble because ISRO had decided to go with the Indian cryogenic engine," Sivan told ET, recollecting those days.

    "We had to put together two troubled fellows." He also needed to motivate the demoralised GSLV team members, who were by then being considered as underlings by the rest of ISRO. Sivan looked at the data of all the previous flights thoroughly, redoing most of the work done during the previous 15 years. And GSLV had a flawless flight on January 5, 2014. "We have tamed the naughty fellow," Sivan remarked to his colleagues then.

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    India to work with Israel on space technology.

    http://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/...n-India-538147

    Haifa’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Space Technology, under the auspices of India’s Science Ministry, signed a Memorandum of Understanding during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India, which establishes cooperation in the field of space exploration.

    The agreement between the Technion and the Indian Science Ministry was initiated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July of last year. The head of the Israel Space Agency, Avi Blassberger, and the vice president of the Indian Space Agency, I.O.

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    With the promotion of K. Sivan to head ISRO, the vacancy created is now filled by S Somanath.

    https://www.jagranjosh.com/current-a...r-1516769881-1

    Renowned scientist,S Somanath took charge as the director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center(VSSC)

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    The current priority of ISRO is to reduce launch cost as well as increase the loads the rockets can carry.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Pr..._Cost_999.html

    The GSAT-11 to be launched by Arianespace may be India's last communication satellite to use foreign boosters as the country's space agency is set to launch its own rockets with double the payload capacity while drastically cutting down the cost of its launch vehicles to enter the global competition.

    Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says it is working on a project to double the load carrying capacity of all its rockets. With this, the state-run space agency expects to cut heavy satellite launch costs by at least 50 percent. Presently, India's rocket can carry a maximum payload of four tons into a geostationary transfer orbit.

    ISRO hopes to lower the launch cost through technologies like reusable launch vehicles and its scramjet engine, which it tested once in a mission in 2016. But, it will be ready only by the year 2030, according to ISRO chairman K Sivan.

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    Isro chairman, Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan, on upcoming launchers, upgrades to space launch infrastructure and adding Indian government departments give a better service using space facilities.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62687420.cms

    With Isro planning to increase the number of satellites so as to reduce the dearth of communication transponders, Dr Sivan said, "A second vehicle assembly building is coming up at the Sriharikota launch centre and it's in an advanced stage of being built. Likewise, an additional PSLV integration facility is also being developed at the spaceport. These facilities will help Isro increase the frequency of launches."

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    ISRO has been given a shot in the arm with the release of India's budget for the period April 2018 to March 2019. They have been given a 18.6%.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...le22625635.ece

    At ₹ 10,783 crore, the Department of Space (DoS) gets its biggest outlay to date and also the best yearly increase in five years — of 18.6%.

    It also surpasses ₹10,000 crore — well above the ₹9,093 crore that was allocated to it last February.

    Also, for fiscal 2017-18 which ends on March 31, DoS drew about ₹62 crore more than the last year’s outlay, revised estimates for the year show.

    Back in 2013-14, DoS probably received its best ever annual increase of nearly 40% over the previous year.

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    An interview with K. Sivan,Secretary, Department of Space, and Chairman of the Space Commission and the Indian Space Research Organisation.

    http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/sci...?homepage=true

    It has been a meteoric journey from a small farming village, Sarakal Vilai, in Kanniyakumari for K. Sivan, who has taken charge as the Secretary, Department of Space, and Chairman of the Space Commission and the Indian Space Research Organisation. From early education in a Tamil medium school, through a distinguished education and career in aerospace engineering, Dr Sivan has played a significant role in ISRO's success with its two satellite launch vehicles — the PSLV and the GSLV — especially in taming the elusive GSLV, which he called `the naughty boy' of Indian space. Just days after taking on new responsibilities, Dr. Sivan shares his plans for ISRO’s stepped up launch schedule and steps towards manned space flight.

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    India is cooperating with France to build rovers for space exploration of the planets and the moon.

    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/...ry-rovers.html

    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and its French counterpart, the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) will work together to send rovers to the Moon, Mars and other planets.

    India and France on Saturday came out with the Joint Vision for Space Cooperation after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron.

    The ISRO and CNES will work together on autonomous navigation of rovers in the Moon, Mars and other planets and on aero-braking technologies for planetary exploration.

    They also agreed to work together for modelling of atmospheres of Mars and Venus and for inflatable systems for exploring Venus.

    Both sides will be able to embark on complex, high-technology space science and planetary exploration missions in future.

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    The Indian Government confirms that ISRO is working on a launch vehicle that will be able to put 16 tons into GEO.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/In...Orbit_999.html

    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is working on a next-generation launch vehicle that would have the capacity of carrying payloads four times higher than the capacity of its operational launch vehicles. The Indian government confirmed the development on Wednesday.

    "India has a Launch Vehicle system with a capability to put 4 - ton class of satellites to GTO, whereby meeting all the national requirements. While other countries have higher launch capabilities, ISRO is making its own plans to increase its launch vehicle capabilities, even up to 16 tons to GTO in the future," Jitendra Singh, India's Minister of State for Space told Parliament.

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    India to work with France on their Mars and Venus missions.

    http://www.financialexpress.com/life...lanet/1133945/

    Space agencies of India and France have been holding discussions to work on inter-planetary missions to Mars and Venus, a French source said. This comes almost a month after the two sides agreed on a joint statement for an enhanced space cooperation. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French National Space Agency (CNES) had agreed to work together on autonomous navigation of rovers on Moon, Mars and other planets, and aero braking technologies for planetary exploration.

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    After several setbacks, India's GPS equivalent is now operational

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest...ilt-navic.html

    India's regional satellite navigation system has had a difficult incubation, but it is finally ready. The unplanned cost of replacing two satellites, poor procurement decisions and administrative failings have increased the initial budget and resulted in a delay of around 7 years.

    Today, multiple constellations of navigation satellites from the U.S., Russia, China and Europe orbit the Earth, providing multiple location-based services for consumers, businesses, militaries and civil aviation. With the arrival of India's IRNSS-1I in orbit, India now has a functioning regional satellite navigation service, initially called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), but changed to NavIC in 2016. (NavIC stands for NAVigation with Indian Constellation, and also means "sailor" in Sanskrit.)

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    India had good reason in recalling their GSAT-11 satellite, that was on the way to be launched in Guiana.

    https://www.thehindu.com/todays-pape...le24661180.ece

    Indian Space Research Organisation could have faced a Rs. 1,200-crore debacle in space had it not brought GSAT-11 back from the Guiana launch port in late April, its Chairman K. Sivan said on Friday.

    Speaking for the first time on issues raised about the 5,700-kg high throughput satellite, he justified ISRO’s unprecedented decision to recall the satellite midway between its reaching the French port and the launch.

    Dr. Sivan said an apex committee of former chairmen and former space commission members collectively decided to bring GSAT-11 back to Bengaluru for a thorough check.

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    India to up its launch rate next year.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...1.cms?from=mdr

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), which has for long been wanting to scale up its operations, aims at launching 22 missions in 2019, while it has set a target of 50 successful missions in the next three years, its chairman Sivan K said. Among the key missions to look for in 2019 will be the Chandrayaan-2, Aditya-L1 (India's solar mission)and two demonstration flights of the SSLV (small satellite launch vehicle)

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    India's next major challenge, is to do the R&D required for advanced materials to meet their future space needs.

    https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/sc...le24754393.ece

    A national effort is needed to develop and produce advanced materials to drive the future space programme, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Sivan has said.

    Along with high propulsion systems for its launch vehicles, the ISRO is pursuing materials that have extraordinary properties, such as aluminium and beryllium alloys and carbon nanotubes. These are needed for the upcoming high-profile national missions such as the Human Space Programme (HSP), the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), re-entering crew capsules, fuel-saving scramjet missions and the distant single-stage launchers. Locally made materials will
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    India scientist are now providing input into the scientific instruments that Indian space probes will carry.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/65506993.cms

    Sivan said, “The three key components of Chandrayaan-2 — orbiter, lander and rover—will carry 13 payloads for mapping terrain and look for minerals, water or ice formations. Unlike last time when Chandrayaan-1 carried foreign payloads, this time there won’t be any.”
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    With the approval of the human space flight, two other key infrastructure has also been approved. One is another a third launch pad at Sriharikota. The other is a new space port at a location near Gujarat for the SSLV.

    A third launch pad at Sriharikota is long overdue to increase India's launch rate. The new space port will be dedicated for small rockets. This includes rocket launches by India's private sector.

    https://www.thehindu.com/todays-pape...le25011448.ece

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is setting up a third launch pad at Sriharikota to undertake the Gaganyaan manned space flight programme, an ISRO official said on Friday. In addition, ISRO is scouting for a location on the western sea coast near Gujarat to set up another launch pad for Small Satellite Launch Vehicles (SSLV).
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    India is planing 7 major space missions over the next decade.

    http://www.newindianexpress.com/nati...s-1978338.html

    Space Agency ISRO, which is gearing up for the ambitious Chandrayaan-2 this July, has loftier plans ahead. It’s planning to accomplish six other mega missions over the next 10 years, apart from Chandrayaan-2. Of these, only two have been defined — XPoSat and Aditya-L1 missions.

    The four other undefined missions, which are in the planning stage, are: Mangalyaan-2, Venus mission, Lunar Polar Exploration and Exoworlds. The XPoSat, or the X-ray Polarimeter Satellite, is a dedicated mission to study polarisation. “It is scheduled for launch next year,” ISRO chairman K Sivan told Express.
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