Archive For The “Technology” Category

ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 Will Land A Rover On Moon In October, Dig Out Helium 3 For No-Waste Energy

This week, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced its Chandrayaan-2 mission, which will have the space agency send a rover to the south-side of the moon later this year. It will be India’s second lunar mission and the first time any country has visited that region of the lunar surface. For its part, ISRO’s six-wheeled rover […]

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China aims to outstrip NASA with super-powerful rocket

China is working on a super-powerful rocket that would be capable of delivering heavier payloads into low orbit than NASA, a leading Chinese space expert was quoted as saying. By 2030, the Long March-9 rocket under development will be able to carry 140 tonnes into low-Earth orbit — where TV and earth observation satellites currently […]

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New NASA Satellite Could Be Powered By a Synthetic Solar Sail

Previous attempts to power spacecraft with giant solar sails, like the abandoned Soviet-Russian Znmaya project and the successful Japanese IKAROS, relied on giant, reflective, metallic sails to move through space and to reflect light back to Earth. Now, RIT scientist Grover Swartzlander is now calling to abandon these reflective materials in favor of metamaterials, synthetically created materials with properties […]

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NASA set to launch world’s first mission to touch the Sun

NASA is on schedule to launch mankind’s first mission to the Sun – a car sized probe that will swoop to within 4 million miles of the solar surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before. The Parker Solar Probe, which is expected to take off no earlier than August 6 aboard United Launch […]

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Upgraded Vikas engine — with more thrust — will boost ISRO’s rockets

All three satellite launch vehicles of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are set to add muscle to their spacecraft lifting power in upcoming missions this year. The space agency has improved the thrust of the Vikas engine that powers all of them. The agency said the high-thrust engine qualified after a ground test lasting […]

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NASA INSTALLS ‘REVOLUTIONARY’ HEAT SHIELD ON FIRST SPACECR

Ahead of its August launch, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe — the mission aiming to get closest to the Sun than ever by any human-made object — has got its “revolutionary” heat shield permanently attached to the spacecraft, the US space agency said. The probe’s heat shield — called the Thermal Protection System, or TPS — was reinstalled on the […]

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ISRO conducts pad abort test for Indian human space flight program

India took another step forward with its human spaceflight program, as ISRO tested the crew escape system for its crew capsule in an emergency pad abort situation. The test lasted about 220 seconds, during a two-hour window that opened at 06:00 local time (00:30 UTC). ISRO is yet to confirm the test, but Indian media […]

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ATIRA-made composites to lighten ISRO satellites

Soon, satellites launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be significantly lighter, as several metal parts will soon be replaced by composite textiles, manufactured by the Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association (ATIRA). Union minister of textiles, Ms Smriti Irani, inaugurated the Vacuum Assisted Resin Infusion Centre (VARIC), which will manufacture these spacecraft parts using carbon […]

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ISRO gets nod for semi-cryogenic engine, will boost GSLV’s lift capability by 1 tonne

The Space Commission has given approval to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to develop a semi-cryogenic engine, which will increase the lifting capability of its GSLV Mk III rocket by one tonne. Talking to TOI about the new project, ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan said, “After a presentation before the Space Commission, ISRO has got the approval for developing the semi-cryogenic […]

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SpaceX hopes to launch 4,000 satellites, mostly from Florida, NASA report says

SpaceX has plans to launch more than 4,000 satellites, the majority of which will head into space from the Space Coast, according to an environmental impact study done by the Elon Musk-led company and NASA. If it comes to fruition, the work would further solidify Cape Canaveral as the world’s busiest private launch center. Buried in a 73-page […]

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