U.S., India Collaborate on Building Radar Satellite

NASA and India’s ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organization – will jointly build a satellite called NISAR or the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite which could be the world’s most expensive Earth imaging satellite, and will cost the two countries over 1.5 billion dollars.

In a meeting in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K.Radhakrishnan, Chairman ISRO, signed two documents to launch the NASA-ISRO satellite mission.

“NISAR is the first big collaboration between NASA and ISRO, certainly on radar  but just in general as well. This is two frequency radar:  it is an L-band 24 centimeter  and S-band 13 centimeter. S-band is being built by ISRO and L-band by NASA. It is a major collaboration both in terms of the technical building of the satellite as well as working together across the Pacific between India and U.S.,” said Paul A. Rosen, a scientist working on the NISAR satellite project.

The NISAR satellite will be launched in 2021 from India using ISRO’s  Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, reports NDTV.

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May 25, 2017   No Comments

KKR Invests $50 Million in India’s Walchand Nagar Industries

New York City-based private equity firm KKR & Co., will invest $50 million (Rs 300 crore) in Mumbai-based Walchand Nagar Industries, one of India’s oldest business groups.
KKR has so far deployed around $4 billion in structured financing to business groups in India over the past seven years, and has invested approximately $2.5 billion in 12 private equity transactions since 2006. The company’s India strategy has been predominantly into partnership deals and it has developed a niche structured-credit platform, in India.
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The deal will help Walchand retire some of its bank loans, besides providing capital to drive growth. The funds will also be used for expansion of its defense business, reports the Economic TimesWalchand Nagar Industries has a strong presence in India’s defense, aerospace, and nuclear industries, and, according to its website, it works closely with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, and Space Research Organization.

May 22, 2017   No Comments

India Launches South Asia Satellite GSAT-9

India’s Space and Research Organization (ISRO) launched the first South Asia Satellite, on May 5. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said that the satellite will help partner countries in effective communication, better governance, better banking and education in remote areas, more predictable weather forecasting and efficient resource mapping. It will link people to medical services through telemedicine and facilitate quick responses to natural disasters.

ISRO’s chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar said that the satellite, with a lift-off mass of 4,839 pounds, carried 12 ku-band transponders, and had a mission life of more than 12 years.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

Each of the participating countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lankawill be able to use a dedicated transponder with a capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz for its own internal consumption, and will be responsible for content generation and its usage, reports the Livemint. Pakistan chose to opt out of the project and is not part of the participating countries.

April 26, 2017   No Comments

India Launches 100 Satellites on Single Rocket

India‘s Space and Research Organization disclosed that it had successfully launched more than a hundred nano satellites that weighed less than 22 pounds each, in a single mission.

“All 104 satellites were successfully placed in orbit,” the space agency’s chairman, A.S. Kiran Kumar, said. These included an Indian Earth observation satellite and two small technology-demonstration satellites, as also 96 from the United States and one each from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates, reports the Los Angeles Times.

ISRO Rocket

Prime Minister Modi tweeted that the “remarkable feat by ISRO is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation.”

February 16, 2017   No Comments

Tata Motors Launches Fuel Cell Powered Bus

Headquartered in Mumbai, India’s largest automobile maker, Tata Motors, showcased its most recent vehicle: the hydrogen powered “Starbus”, a zero-emission mass transport solution, for inter-city commutes.

Fuel Cell Bus by Tata Motors

This bus, developed in partnership with India’s Space Research Organization, works by combining hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell. The fuel cell produces electricity to power the electric motor; water and heat are byproducts. This is the first time an Indian manufacturer has ventured in this direction, reports carandbike, a unit of NDTV.

Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors said, “We have consistently been developing and manufacturing products that can contribute to CO2 reductions across all road transport segments and with early investments in new technologies, we are geared up to further strengthen our market leadership.”

 

February 10, 2017   No Comments