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India’s private space sector is rising, but wait for Bezos-like ‘joy rides’ will be longer

India's space sector, dominated by ISRO, has seen a boom in private companies in past 3 years. But there are still many challenges to overcome, including flawed policy-making.
Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, on 22 July 2019 | File photo | Photo: ISRO

Chandrayaan-2 completes over 9,000 orbits around moon since launch in 2019, ISRO says

As the spacecraft completed two years around the lunar orbit, ISRO released data product, documents & data from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads for analysis by academia and institutes.
The launch of Chandrayaan-2 | Twitter

​Moon lander, GSLV, end of PSLV’s 24-yr streak — what ISRO’s 3 ‘failures’ in 4 yrs mean

ISRO is hailed for its track record of impressive launches but a series of unsuccessful missions seem to have cast a shadow on its reputation.
Lunar surface | Photo: ISRO/Twitter

Chandrayaan-2 confirms water on Moon surface, distinguishes H2O-rich areas from lunar deserts

Discovery of hydration on lunar surface was originally made by Chandrayaan-1, but low resolution of its mapper could not quantify between readings from OH & water molecules.
Visual from Sriharikota spaceport on 12 August 2021 | PTI

It’s a shock but we will recover, says ex-ISRO chairman Madhavan Nair on GSLV launch failure

Madhavan Nair, during whose tenure of six years from 2003 as ISRO Chairman 25 successful missions were accomplished, indicated that setbacks of this kind are not unusual.
ISRO's GSLV-F10 carrying EOS-03 at the launch pad in Sriharikota. | Photo: Twitter/@isro

What is the cryogenic upper stage that led to failure of ISRO’s earth observation satellite

EOS-03 skips orbit as indigenous engine fails to ignite. The cryogenic upper stage on GSLV rocket launcher carries liquid oxygen and hydrogen at very cold temperatures.
The GSLV-F10/EOS-03 sits on the Second Launch Pad at Sriharikota | isro.gov.in

ISRO EOS-03 satellite mission not accomplished due to ‘performance anomaly’

The rocket was successfully lifted off from the launch pad but the mission could not be accomplished due to a technical anomaly observed in the cryogenic stage, ISRO chairman said.
The GSLV-F10/EOS-03 sits on the Second Launch Pad at Sriharikota | isro.gov.in

ISRO begins countdown for EOS-03 launch, India’s first state-of-art Earth observation satellite

EOS-03 is expected to provide real-time, high-resolution imaging of a larger surface area at much frequent intervals. It is expected to monitor natural disasters and 'episodic events'.
Nambi Narayanan

ISRO spying case: CBI submits report in sealed cover in Supreme Court

SC is likely to consider the inquiry status report on 26 July. The court, in a 2018 order, had said the arrest of ex-ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan was needless and unnecessary.
Kerala High Court | Wikimedia COmmons

Maldivian women, held in 1994 ISRO spy case, move Kerala HC against bail plea of former cops

The two women have alleged that the plea filed by the Kerala cops involved in their arrest 'contains false contentions' and if bail was granted it would deny justice to the Maldivians.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (file photo) | Bloomberg

If anybody can lead EU after Angela Merkel, it’s Super Mario

What gives Italian PM Mario Draghi so much authority is in part his technocratic and diplomatic manner. But it’s also his prior career as an economist.
The nose of a Boeing Co. 737-9 aircraft

Tamil Nadu firm bags Boeing contract to manufacture, supply aviation components

Aerospace Engineers won a long-time contract with the global aerospace giant and deliveries of the parts would begin early next year.


File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | Representational image | By special arrangement

China sets up new shelters for troops in forward areas near LAC in eastern Ladakh

Sources said the shelters were installed near Tashigong, Manza, Hot Springs and Churup among others, in response to India’s deployment in the region.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.