Space

GSAT-31

GSAT-31 would be placed at Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. GSAT-31 will augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in Geostationary Orbit. GSAT-31 derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series and will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites. GSAT-31 will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stock-exchange, Digital Satellite …

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GSAT-7A

GSAT-7A is a high-tech communication satellite having new technologies including a Gregorian Antenna. It is the 39th communication satellite of ISRO and will mainly be used for military applications. Indian Air Force’s existing communication capabilities of satellites will be augmented with GSAT-7A. GSAT-7A will offer services to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region. …

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GSLV MKIII

GSLV MKIII is ISRO’s fifth generation three stage heavy lift launch vehicle. The launch vehicle is capable of placing satellites weighing 4000 kg in GTO. The first stage constitutes two massive boosters with solid propellants. The core with liquid propellant and the cryogenic engine constitutes the second and third stages respectively. The weight of GSLV …

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GSAT-29

Communication satellite. Weighing 3,423 kg A multiband and multi-beam satellite. The mission life will be 10 years. Launched by GSLV MK III The satellite’s Ku-band and Ka-band payloads will cater to the communication needs of people residing in remote parts of the country especially those from Jammu & Kashmir and North-Eastern regions. Significance: With the …

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Space elevator

It is proposed type of planet-to-space transportation system. Its components mainly are cable (also called tether) anchored to surface of planet and extending into space. It will permit vehicles to travel along cable from planetary surface, such as Earth’s, directly into space or orbit, without use of large rockets. The idea of space elevator was …

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Aeolus satellite

It is a wind-sensing satellite launched by European Space Agency (ESA). The satellite is named Aeolus after guardian of wind in Greek mythology. It will be placed at altitude of 320km above the Earth. It is part of the Copernicus project, a joint initiative of European Union (EU) and European Space Agency (ESA) to track …

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Xingkong-2

It is cutting-edge hypersonic “waverider” flight vehicle being developed by China. Waverider is flight vehicle that flies in atmosphere and uses shockwaves generated by its own hypersonic flight with air to glide at high speed. It can carry can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads. It has capability to penetrate any current generation anti-missile defence …

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