The critical booster segment, has a diameter of 3.2 meters, 8.5 meters in length and weighing 5.5 tonnes
India has opened up its space programme for private entities to produce components and sub-systems for space craft besides create space based applications using satellite data and also roll out of commercial services.
Two-pronged threat to space assets needs to be countered With 42 operational satellites, India depends on space based assets hence protection from adversaries and also floating space junk is important. A damage can literally hamper military activity making Indian forces ‘blind’ while stopping several civilian applications. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has satellites for remote
India’s Anti-Satellite (ASAT) test conducted on March 27 provides the ability to render an enemy country ‘deaf and blind’ by targetting military and surveillance satellites. A missile fired by the DRDO hit the targeted defunct Indian satellite which was moving at more than 10.000 kms per hour at low earth orbit – some 350 kms
In what will sharpen Indian specialist teams in new domains of Space, Cyber and Special Forces, the Government has operationalised two separate division-level formations and the third one is under process. India’s elite unit of commandos drawn from all three armed forces has started functioning with the Ministry of Defence having appointed Major General Ak
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India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to enter lunar orbit Aug. 20 following a relatively circuitous journey to the moon. Back on Earth, India’s future space ambitions are also developing. The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft entered lunar transfer trajectory Aug. 13 following five orbit maneuvers to raise its initial elliptical geocentric orbit after launch July 22.
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