News update: ISRO gets record sum in Budget'2019


Union Govt. Budget for 2019-20 has allocated record sum of money for ISRO. I think it has crossed 10,000 Crore Rs. line to reach 10,252 Crores (roughly 100 Billion USD) for the first time in history.

To compare, the same thing was 8053 Crores in 2017-2018 budget and 9918 Crores in 2018-2019 budget. Following table shows you some details.

The Union Minister presenting this budget, Mr. Piyush Goyal said, "The seventh dimension of our vision for the next decade aims at the outer skies. Our space programme – Gaganyaan, India becoming the launch-pad of satellites for the world and placing an Indian astronaut into space by 2022, reflect this dimension of our vision."

While thinking about this statement+ above table, i see that the current fleet of INSAT satellites are temporarily being given less focus so that Gaganyaan project and re-usability of launchers can get more money.

News update: ISRO's Pseudo Satellites for Navigation?

Source: ENS/IDRW

As per this report,

  1. IRNSS renamed as NavIC is a success (?)
  2. ISRO working towards Pseudolite Based Navigation System (PBNS)
  3. Pseudolite or Pseudo Satellites are ground based device
  4. this is to benefit aerospace industry, various aircrafts, drones(-their navigation)
  5. experiments are in progress
  6. this info is provided by former ISRO chairman, AS Kiran Kumar
  7. occasion was his lecture(?): ‘Indian Space Programme and Future Technologies Needed to Grounded Aerospace Activities’ ahead of 'Aero India 2019'
  8. on NavIC, he said, "an international chip manufacturer had already developed a microchip that can access global coordinates"
  9. “There is a phone in the market that uses it for navigation”, he added. More phones may follow as he hinted later

i wonder which phone was he talking about?
guy's do you really feel that NavIC is a complete success? i think its still 'work in progress'.
which "international" chip manufacture could that be?

News update: RLV landing test: Helicopter drop

as reported earlier in my blog about confusion in upcoming RLV test,

we have now confirmation that next RLV landing test would include helicopter drop and not a orbital/suborbital launch.
here are some design diagrams for upcoming landing test of RLV...

News update: Bengaluru gets 'Human Spaceflight Centre'

Source: PTI/IDRW

  • ISRO unveiled its 'Human Spaceflight Centre' in Bengaluru on Wednesday
  • Gaganyaan is the "highest priority" for ISRO in 2019
  • former ISRO chairman K. Kasturirangan and K. Sivan, current chairman and Secretary, Department of Space inaugurated HSFC at ISRO HQ campus in Bengaluru
  • a full scale model of Gaganyaan spacecraft was also unveiled
  • HSFC's work: end to end mission planning, development of engineering systems, crew selection and training etc.
  • S. Unnikrishnan Nair- Founder Director of HSFC
  • R. Hutton- Project Director of Gaganyaan

News update: Chandrayaan-2 launch by April end- K.Sivan

Source: TOI

  • ISRO chairman K.Sivan confirmed Chandrayaan-2 launch by April end
  • he told this to press on Tuesday on the sidelines of Space Symposium at Pune
  • the decision of launch has been finalized
  • testing phase underway, will be ready by april end
  • around 3290 kg weight of the spacecraft
  • budget: 800 crore INR (approximately 112 million USD)
  • director of physical research lab, Mr. Anil Bhardwaj gave a presentation on Chandrayaan-2 at the symposium
  • orbiter would circle the moon "on a 100 km high orbit"
  • report mentions 3D mapping of lunar geography, studying composition of rocks, exosphere, testing new technologies for "future missions"

LCA tejas: History: Newspaper clippings

Hello guys, I will be showcasing here my old newspaper clipping of HAL LCA 'Tejas'.

1. Date: someday between 4 Jan 2001 and 6 June 2002
Newspaper: Unknown from India
Language: Marathi
Translation: (Title) Second test for light combat aircrafts soon
(Details also mention that HAL trainer aircraft and NAL 'Saras' transportation aircraft will have test flights too in near future.)

My comments: LCA number KH-2001, a Technology Demonstrator TD-1 vehicle, First LCA(4 Jan 2001) to fly is shown in the image. This news could be few weeks before TD-2 maiden flight(6 June 2002) or could be about second flight of TD-1. It is a sad state of affairs that even after so many years, these projects are still in development phase. To see that how optimistic the news seemed that day, only break your heart what actually happened in years after that.

2. Date: 8 June 2003
Newspaper: Unknown from India
Language: Marathi
Translation: (Title) Completion of a dream
(Details: An interview with Mr. S.C. Lakkad (IIT Powai- Director(?)))

My comments: It is an interview with discussion revolving around Tejas decelopment, 1998 nuclear test, various sanctions after that, need of LCA etc. It could have happened between LCA TD-2 flights and  Prototype Vehicle PV-1 maiden flight (25 Nov 2003).

Space History: Old Newspaper Clip: Atlas V/ Hellas Sat 2 launch-May'2003

Hello guys, I will be showcasing here my old newspaper clipping of Atlas V/ Hellas Sat 2 launch-May'2003. This Greek/Cypriot satellite was launched for preparations of TV broadcasting 2004 'Athens (Summer) Olympic Games'.

Date: 14 May 2003
Newspaper: Unknown from India
Language: Marathi
Translation: Hellas Sat satellite launched from America's Cape Canaveral space center. This satellite from communications area will be very useful for Greece, Cyprus, East Europe and Balkan countries. Hellas Sat will also play important role in broadcasting Olympic Games to be held in Athens next year.

My online footprint at

Many years back (April 2012 to be exact) i clicked many photographs of a Jet fighter put on display at a military memorial in Pune city. I sent those to a guy who ran a website called which collects such images from all around the country. Thanks to him i have my name written somewhere in a place of my interest.

Link to that exact page:

Space History: Old Newspaper Clip: First Soyuz launch after Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

Hello guys, I will be showcasing here my old newspaper clipping of Soyuz TMA-2, the First Soyuz launch after Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

Date: before 26 April 2003
Newspaper: Unknown from India
Language: Marathi
Translation: Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft on a special type of vehicle towards launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome of Kazakhstan.

Date: 26 April 2003
Newspaper: Unknown from India
Language: Marathi
Translation: (Title) Successful flight of 'Soyuz'...

(Detail) Soyuz booster rocket flew into sky on Saturday 26th April from Baikonur Cosmodrome of Kazakhstan carrying American and Russian astronauts towards ISS. Inside inset both astronauts riding this vehicle, Yuri Malenchenko and Edward Lu. After these two astronauts reach the ISS, other three astronauts will return back to earth, who are now doing important research work at station. This is the first human space journey after Columbia spacecraft accident.

Visit to Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Bengaluru, India- 2009

Way back in June- 2009 I visited Bangalore's science museum (Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum) which I have been visiting since childhood during my summer holidays.
As I have grown interest in spaceflight I really wished to see some of the models they had put up for display.
In the Pictures I have taken outside the museum, you can see that there are models of,
Sounding rocket used by ISRO,
and decommissioned HAL HF-24 Marut fighter jet of IAF.

Today the rocket models are shifted elsewhere. But the jet is still there and is a part of my beautiful childhood memories.

News update: PM Modi on India's Moon landing, ISRO's new rocket

Source: ANI/IDRW & TOI

PM Modi said, "We will soon register India’s presence on the Moon through the Chandrayaan-2 campaign" during his monthly radio address to the nation.

He was praising indigenous space capabilities and it's usefulness.

Confirming one of the points in old news updates we learned that, "government has distributed NAVIC devices to fishermen" which indicates that IRNSS and NAVIC system is up and running (with or without full potential).

In another news, ISRO chairman K.Sivan talked to TOI about developing "Semi-cryogenic" rocket stage/engine to upgrade GSLV-MK3. This new stage would use liquefied oxygen and highly refined kerosene called kerolox (aka RP-1). I would replace current L110 liquid stage which uses hypergolic fuel. GSLV MK3 upgrade would also include it's cryogenic upper stage carry more fuel (from current 25T to 30T). It would enable the rocket to lift 6 tonnes (more than current capacity of 4T) to Geostationary orbit.

Sivan said, “The first test of the advanced version of Mk III will take place in December 2020" which i personally believe is hard to do given Gaganyaan project load.

One great thing about this report is that it clarifies our doubt and clearly says that such an important change in operational GSLV-MK3 is separated from Gaganyaan project's GSLV-MK3 rocket (shall use old stages).