Gaofen 11

It is an optical remote sensing satellite launched by China. It will become part of China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS)  initiated in 2010 to provide all-weather, all-day coverage by 2020. It will be used for land survey, urban planning, road network design, agriculture, and disaster relief.

InSight Mission

InSight is NASA’s Discovery Program mission dedicated to exploring the deep interior of Mars. InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It will place stationary lander equipped with seismometer and heat transfer probe on surface of Mars to study red planet’s early geological evolution. It is terrestrial planet explorer that …

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Parker Solar Probe

It is NASA’s mission to explore Sun’s outer atmosphere. Aims: To trace how energy and heat move through solar corona. To explore what accelerates solar wind as well as solar energetic particles. Determine structure and dynamics of magnetic fields at sources of solar wind. Explore dusty plasma near Sun and its influence on solar wind …

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SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) is a private aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in California, US. It was founded in 2002 by Internet tycoon Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and former PayPal entrepreneur with the goal of creating the technologies to reduce space transportation costs and enable colonization of Mars. SpaceX …

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BeiDou Navigation System

BeiDou Navigation System (BNS): China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has started offering global service. It is seen as rival to the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS) BeiDou-1 consisted of three satellites and was offering navigation services mainly in China and neighbouring regions.  It was decommissioned in 2012. The second generation of the navigation system, BeiDou-2 became …

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Chandrayan II

Chandrayaan II is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission. It has been developed indigenously by ISRO. It consists of an orbiter, lander and rover configuration. It is planned to be launched as a composite stack into the earth parking orbit (EPO) of 170 X 18,500 km by GSLV-Mk II. The wheeled rover will …

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India’s heaviest and most advanced communications satellite It was launched on board of Ariane 5 VA-246 rocket from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana. GSAT-11 also called Big Bird has been indigenously developed by ISRO. Weighs 5854 kg It will provide high data rate connectivity to Indian mainland and islands users through 32 user beams in …

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