News update: Gaganyaan bite


"The Indian Space Research Organisation has recently had a discussion with representatives from various armed forces in the country to select astronauts. “The process (of selecting astronauts) is already on and an announcement for selection will be made soon,” said K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO, here{AERO INDIA 2019- Bengaluru} on Monday."

Pune: ISRO's space exhibition for kids- FEB'2019

Pune: ISRO's space exhibition for kids- 15/16/17 FEB'2019

News update: Gaganyaan project- crucial meeting

Pic: (from left to right- Gaganyaan crew escape tower model, astronaut EVA, Gaganyaan proposed space suit design and CARE capsule of ISRO)

Source: THE HINDU <>

  • A national review committee to meet for the first time in Bengaluru (March 5 and 6).
  • To comprehensively discuss on details.
  • ISRO wants to unveil mission’s details to stakeholders from multiple agencies.
  • The committee will also be briefed on the lunar lander and rover mission, Chandrayaan-2.
  • Back in November 2004, ISRO had first brainstormed a crewed mission at a similar gathering of nearly 100 experts in Bengaluru.
  • Agreements and programmes planned with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will start taking shape from now on under the newly formed Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) and a dedicated project team.
  • ISRO recently submitted to the IAF a set of requirements on selecting and training prospective Indian space travellers. The IAF would come back with details of its facilities.
  • The astronauts will be mainly trained at the IAF’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Bengaluru.
  • Environment Control and Life Support Systems (ELCSS) in the capsule:- The life sciences labs of the DRDO to work on it.

Working "near" airbases- India and Saudi Arabia

During my job at factories located near Air Force Bases, I clicked few photographs...

Near Lohegaon Air Force Base, Pune (India): Sukhoi 30 MKI aircraft

another pic from an older phone

<This is representational picture from the internet>
<This is representational picture from the internet>

Near Daharan Air Force Base, Saudi Arabia: F-15 and Tornado aircrafts

<This is representational picture from the internet>
<This is representational picture from the internet>

during my visit to Bahrain in year 2016 when HAL/ADA Tejas was taking part in an airshow, I spotted this Ad on the roadside...

<This is representational picture from the internet>
<This is representational picture from the internet>

News update: PSLV-C45 and Chandrayaan-2 missions

pic: PS4 stage with solar panels (concept)



  • ISRO centres began the launch assembly campaign on Monday for advanced electronic intelligence satellite EMISAT with 29 satellites on board the PSLV-C45 rocket 
  • launch to happen on March 14
  • It will be the first three-orbit mission and the first launch that uses solar panels for the required thrust (?) {"PSLV fourth stage (PS4) that uses solar panels"; what does required thrust via solar panels even mean? solar sail?}
  • After launch of the satellite EMISAT into orbit at 780 km, it will inject 29 satellites into orbit at 504 km and the rocket's fourth stage will automatically be reused to establish an orbital platform at 485 km orbit to carry out scientific experiments
  • For the first time, PSLV with four strap-on configuration has been identified for this mission. Till now, ISRO has used either two strap-on or six strap-on configuration for the mission or it was without strap-on
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation chairman, Sivan K, on Tuesday confirmed that Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar mission, would be launched by the end of April. Sivan told reporters on the sidelines of a space symposium at Pune(i visited this but after this news, will share the images soon) on Tuesday that the launch window was between March and April-end and the decision for the April launch had been finalized. He said, “The testing phase of the space mission is under way. We will be ready by April-end to launch the mission.”

News Update: Can Modi become India's Kennedy?

Pic: Indian PM Modi announcing Manned Space Mission 'Gaganyaan'-2018/ former US president J.F. Kennedy asserting Manned Moon Mission 'Apollo'-1962

"Although the task (USA's Apollo Project) was extremely costly, taking this risk proved extremely successful for the US in the long run. This whole episode is a great lesson for the critiques of ISRO’s Gaganyaan mission. What they need to understand is that for India to become a formidable space power, it needs to take risks—much like what the US did in the 1960s—to reap the benefits afterwards."

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru- April'2014

A visit to, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru- April'2014

PSLV rocket model

Aryabhata/ Bhaskara satellite model