By Vanita Shrivastava, Hindustan Times
New Delhi – Isro’s large GSAT-6 communication satellite which has several strategic applications was on Thursday placed in orbit by a rocket powered by a home-made cryogenic engine.
The Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6) rocket lifted off from Sriharikota spaceport at 4.52pm on Thursday carrying the satellite. This was the ninth flight of the GSLV and the third development flight using a cryogenic engine.
Just after the lift-off the second stage was ignited successfully, followed by the crucial third stage of cryogenics. After some time the GSLV-D6 with indigenous cryo engine successfully placed GSAT-6 in orbit.
Isro chairman Kiran Kumar told Hindustan Times: “One of the advanced features of GSAT 6 satellite is its S Band unfurlable antenna of 6 m diameter. This is the largest satellite antenna made by our space agency. The antenna will be utilised for five spot beams over the Indian main land.”
GSAT-6 is the twenty fifth geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO and twelfth in the GSAT series. Five of GSAT-6’s predecessors were launched by GSLV in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2014 respectively.
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By Bilal Karim Mughal
1969 was the year, when the United States succeeded in landing humans on the moon – our closest neighbour in space – and safely bringing them back to Earth.
The United States, being the most technologically advanced country on Earth, put that feather in its hat about 45 years ago.
What was the condition of India and Pakistan at that time? The two countries had already fought two battles, and were about to plunge into another one in 1971.
While the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established in 1969, the same year when humans set foot on the moon, Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) was established in 1961 – eight years before its Indian counterpart.
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SUPARCO was set up by the most famous of all Pakistani scientists and the country’s only Nobel Laureate: Dr Abdus Salam.
Dr Salam had advised Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan, then President of Pakistan to establish a Space Sciences Research Wing within Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. This later turned into SUPARCO in 1964.
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Moscow: India would launch its first manned space flights by sending two astronauts in an orbit in a Russian spaceship in 2013, according to reports. For this, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is to finance the acquisition of a Soyuz spaceship and train its astronauts by a Russian commander.
The Russian cosmonaut would lead the two-member crew on an independent space flight lasting several days, ‘Voice of Russia” radio reported. Quoting deputy chief of Russian space agency (Roskosmos) Vitaly Davidov the radio siad the flight o Indian astronauts would not involve a mission to the International Space Station.