Final proof of PAF F-16 shot down by IAF MiG-21

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News update: Israel beats India in Launching their first Moon Lander

Israel beats India in Launching their first Moon Lander.

The launch happened on 22nd of Feb-2019.

Now the only question remains..."will it be successful in soft landing?"



News update: Design changes "may delay" Gaganyaan?


Source: ENS <https://idrw.org/design-changes-may-delay-isros-manned-space-mission/>


  • "design changes required for the project might delay it further, say scientists at Defence Research and Development Organisation"
  • “While the initial proposal for India’s programme involved only two astronauts, the recent announcement that three people will be involved...to accommodate one more person, several design adjustments will have to be made” a DRDO scientist, under the condition of anonymity said
  • products of DRDO that will be used by ISRO will be the parachute for decelerating the crew module
  • "to ensure that the parachute is compatible with the new weight(associated with 3rd astronaut/'gaganaut') of the crew module. Several adjustments, such as increasing the diameters of the parachutes used or adding a new parachute", said the same guy!
is it just me or the statement by this DRDO official does not make any sense!

ISRO's human spaceflight program planning has been in process for more than a decade. They got funding for developing "basic technologies" for the same even before PM Modi's announcement last August. That is why we saw LVM/ CARE module suborbital flight test and PAD ABORT test before the announcement. I am sure that they were planning all of this considering a crew of three from the very beginning.

News update: SSLV To Carry Two Defence Satellites


Source: NDTV <https://idrw.org/isros-new-rocket-likely-to-carry-2-defence-satellites/>


  • ISRO will fly two small defence satellites in July or August this year on its new rocket SSLV. ”We are planning to fly two defence satellites, each weighing about 120 kg in our new rocket SSLV this July or August. The rocket design recently underwent a detailed integrated technical review,” K Sivan, ISRO Chairman, told news agency IANS on Wednesday.
  • He said the total weight of the payload that will be carried by the SSLV on its first flight will be about 500 kg. While the two satellites would weight about 120 kg each, there will be adaptors and others that would weigh about 300 kg. The total weight of the rocket will be 110 tonne.
So the SSLV to carry DRDO sats in its maiden test launch?

Military news: LCA Tejas gets FOC, finally!

Pic: FOC ceremony at Aero India 2019, Bengaluru

Pic: My first memory of Tejas: A newspaper reporting after first test flight in 2001.

Source: MANORAMA ONLINE <https://idrw.org/tejas-officially-given-final-operational-clearance/>


  • India’s fighter jet Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk1 bagged the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) on Wednesday 20th February. At a simple event at Air Force Station Yelahanka, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman Dr Satheesh Reddy and HAL Chairman R Madhavan handed over the ‘release to service’ documents to Indian Air Force Chief (IAF) Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa.
  • “We are in the process of issuing RFP (request for proposal) for 83 Tejas MK1As (the advance variant) so that the production continues,” the IAF Chief said. He said the IAF is also keenly pursuing the Mark-2 version of Tejas, a completely new variant now being called as the MWF (medium weight fighter).“The Tejas Mk-2 will be over six squadrons that will replace the Jaguars, Mirages and Mig-29s,” he said.
  • Tejas conceptualisation started with seed money in 1983 and the Project Definition Phase report was finalised in 1988. It was decided that first only a technology development (TD) programme would be sanctioned since many of the technologies were non- existent in the country. The TD phase was sanctioned in 1993 and only after the first flight of TD-1 in 2001 (proving the technologies), the LCA programme was sanctioned in 2001. The first Tejas was inducted into the IAF in July 2016.