BENGALURU: The recently announced space sector reforms are not aimed at privatisation of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), its Chairman and Secretary in the Department of Space, K Sivan asserted on Thursday. The space agency also stated that the draft on the proposed space activity bill is almost final and it will soon be placed before the Union Cabinet for approval.
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Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years, with the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to carry people to and from orbit. The return clears the way for another SpaceX crew launch as early as next month and possible tourist flights next year.
The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built -- a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers -- blasted off Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.
NASA is dispatching a six-wheeled rover to Mars, where scientists hope it will collect rock samples that will be brought back to Earth for analysis in about a decade. The rover, named "Perseverance", is NASA's most ambitious Mars mission yet, totaling around $3 billion.
Astronauts are performing their second spacewalk in under a week to replace old batteries outside the International Space Station. Commander Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken ventured out Wednesday to tackle the cumbersome job.
SpaceX launched the military's newest, most accurate GPS satellite Tuesday after a two-month delay due to the pandemic. A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the GPS satellite to orbit.
The commander of the International Space Station says losing a mirror during last week's otherwise successful spacewalk was "a real bummer." NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy said Monday he has no idea how the small mirror on his left sleeve came off. Spacewalking astronauts wear a mirror on each sleeve to see the displays on their chest control panel.
The private sector will now be allowed to carry out space activities like building of rockets, satellites and providing launch services, ISRO chief K Sivan said on Thursday. He said the private sector can also be part of the inter-planetary missions of the Indian Space Research Organisation. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved participation of the private sector in the entire range of space activities, including planetary exploration missions.
Minister for State in Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, on June 24 informed that a new institution IN-SPACE (Indian National Space, Promotion & Authorisation Centre) has been formed to guide private sector’s participation in space activities. “A new institution has been formed. It will be known as Indian National Space, Promotion & Authorisation Centre. It'll guide the private industries in space activities through encouraging policies in a friendly regulatory environment,” said Jitendra Singh in a cabinet briefing. This is a part of the reforms announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman under coronavirus economic stimulus package last month.
The private sector will be allowed to use ISRO's facilities and assets and they will be provided a level-playing field in satellites, launches and space-based services, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday, days after the government announced opening up of the domain. Future projects for planetary exploration and outer space travel will be open for the private sector, he added.
A ham radio enthusiast from Ahmedabad on Wednesday got a response from SpaceX Crew Dragon's astronauts while trying to connect with International Space Station.Adhir Saiyadh, a computer engineer, told that he was trying to connect with ISS when he suddenly received a response from Dragon capsule which docked with the orbital outpost on Sunday.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying two NASA astronauts docked Sunday with the International Space Station. "Soft capture," the moment when the spacecraft makes first contact and latching with the target vehicle, occurred at 10:16 am Eastern Time (1422 GMT). Watch now. (Text: AFP)
SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network. The launch took place in Brevard County, Florida.
ISRO chief K Sivan on Wednesday said that four astronauts have been short-listed for the Gaganyaan mission who will go to Russia for training by the end of this month. "Four astronauts have been short-listed and they will go to Russia for training by this month-end. In 1984, Rakesh Sharma flew in a Russian module, but this time the Indian astronauts will fly in an Indian module from India," he told reporters here.
India's telecommunication satellite, GSAT30 was successfully launched from onboard Ariane-5 flight at the Kourou launch base in French Guiana in the early hours of Friday. GSAT-30, India's first space mission in 2020, was successfully launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) at 2:35 a.m according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The European rocket Arianespace launched the GSAT-30 satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Eutelsat Konnect satellite for the French telecommunications company Eutelsat.