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What ISRO’s new spy satellite can do, and how it can penetrate clouds

With ISRO’s launch of its new spy satellite, ThePrint takes a look at RISAT-2B's functioning and use, and how it will be affected by clouds.

ISRO successfully launches RISAT2B satellite, ISTRAC tracking system deployed

ISRO announced that the telemetry tracking and command network ISTRAC assumed control of the RISAT2B, which will be brought to its final operational configuration soon.
The launch of PSLV C31

ISRO to launch radar earth imaging satellite RISAT-2B Wednesday from Sriharikota

Data from ISRO's RISAT-2B satellite will find applications in the fields of agriculture, forestry and disaster management.
Chandrayaan-2 Rover Engineering Model 3

India set to launch second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 in July, landing by September

The ISRO has announced the Rs 800-crore mission will be launched on the new and powerful GSLV-Mk-III, and will consist of an orbiter, a lander and a rover.
Chandrayaan-2 Rover Engineering Model 3

ISRO pushes launch of Chandrayaan-2 to July

ISRO's launch of the Chandrayaan-2, initially set for April, was postponed after Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashed during moon landing early this month.
ISRO chief K Sivan

NASA says cooperation with ISRO intact days after calling India’s A-SAT test ‘terrible’

In a letter to ISRO, NASA said based on guidance received from the White House, it was looking forward to continuing to work with the agency.
Workers in a fireworks factory in Sivakasi | Wiki

ISRO and IIT Madras can bring to life Sivakasi’s dying firecracker industry

Defence ministry too wants to indegenise ammunition production, and Tamil Nadu govt can use this to turn Sivakasi into a propellant manufacturing hub.
Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in A-SAT missile test, Odisha | PTI

NASA says India’s A-SAT satellite test a ‘terrible thing’, has put ISS at risk

The A-SAT test by India last week resulted in about 400 pieces of orbital debris that could damage the International Space Station, a NASA official said.

ISRO sets up a viewers gallery to see future rocket launches up close

The gallery is part of a space theme park located at a 3 km distance from the launch site.

These are the 4 countries which hitched a ride aboard ISRO’s latest PSLV

ThePrint takes a look at the 28 foreign satellites — from American to Swiss — that travelled with ISRO's EMISAT, and their utility.

On Camera

Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.