News update: SSLV To Carry Two Defence Satellites

Source: NDTV <>

  • 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.


  • 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.

News update: 'ISRO's stuff:- marketing idea' & 'SSLV'


  • Cabinet on Tuesday approved setting up of a new company under Department of Space to commercially exploit the R&D work of ISRO.
  • This govt. plan includes the small satellite technology transfer to the private industry, manufacture of SSLV in collaboration with the private sector, production of PSLV through industry, production and marketing of space-based products and services and marketing of spin-off technologies and products, both in India and abroad.
  • SSLV:- This mini-PSLV can be assembled in 3-4 days as compared to 40 days for a normal-size rocket. The first test of SSLV, which will be used to launch small satellites weighing less than 500 kg, is due in June-July.

Military history: first successful Agni-V missile test- 19 APR'2012

[Translation: Wheeler Island (Odisha): On Thursday morning, India conducted a successful test of its nuclear capable missile 'Agni-5'. The range of this missile is 5000 Km]

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.