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Networked warfare
When the August-launched GSAT-7 satellite became operational in mid-September last year the Indian Navy became better able to keep under surveillance its area of concern which spans three huge water bodies-the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It will improve the network centricity between its airborne, surface
Crucial link
Given the Indian context the thought arises whether the efficacy of the Network Centric Warfare system (NCW) depends on the existence of a Chief of Defence Staff and the absence of turf wars between the users of the system. Concomitantly, will turf wars disappear once the CDS is operational? As things stand an indigenously developed system
Harnessing potentiality
In what has been described as a major step towards acquiring an independent satellite based navigation capability, India’s first dedicated GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite IRNSS-1A was successfully placed into orbit by means of the four stages, Indian space work-horse, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in July 1. It took around 20
Catching early
For centuries, the mighty and magnificent Himalayas have remained an integral and inseparable part of the national consciousness of India. India’s spiritual literature describes Himalayas as the veritable symbol of divinity, nobility and immortality. As the snow clad abode of Gods, Himalayas continues to be held in reverence by a large segment of the 
Undetected hubs
Security agencies and defence forces in various parts of the world including India are increasingly falling back on satellite systems for a variety of end uses centring round communications, imaging, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic and signal intelligence, navigation and ocean watch. But one of the pitfalls associated with the use 
War in orbit
A well equipped, ground based tracking infrastructure is vital to constantly monitor the position of an orbiting satellite and detect its ground track with precision. The satellite pass prediction and real time satellite tracking constitutes the mainstay of the tracking activities. In the ultimate analysis, tracking is also a fundamental step towards determining the operational efficiency of a satellite for harnessing its potentials. In the Indian context, the telemetry, tracking and command network of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) provides mission support to orbiting satellites as well as launch vehicle missions. The ISRO network focuses on network operations, mission operations, spacecraft health monitoring as well as communications and control
Vital synergy
India needed an effective Command and Control organization over its nuclear weapons because of various international and regional concerns in the immediate aftermath of the nuclear tests in 1998. It is high time now to review whether India has been successful in establishing a robust Command and Control organization. There is no doubt in saying that India certainly has been attempting to see how best it can put a line of order in terms of calling a shot especially when the decision to use the nuclear weapons will be made during the case of any eventuality. Moreover, the progress made by India in acquiring long range delivery system also warrants to have a proper assessment about India’s Command and Control Systems. By and large, the word Command and Con
Slow pitch
For, way back in 1963 when India took her first step into space with the setting up of the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in the fishing hamlet of Thumba on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the South Indian state of Kerala, US made available Nike Apache sounding rockets to help the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) carry out experiments in atmospheric science, astronomy and meteorology. It was around TERLS that the highly successful Indian space programme had its genesis and growth. In early 1960s, a team of Indian space researchers including former Indian President and well known space and defence scientist, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, credited with laying the foundations of India’s civilian launch vehicle development
News Highlights
The concept of “small is beautiful” popularized by the British economist E F Schumacher seems to be influencing the satellite development sector in a big way. With the idea of small, mini, micro and nano satellites catching on, even resources poor developing countries with a not so well evolved  technological and industrial base are now in a position to exploit the fruits of space technology for developmental and research purposes. For the development and in orbit delivery of heavy class satellites for a variety of end uses such as communications and earth observation, necessarily entails complicated technologies and a huge investment. And then there is the risk of either a launch vehicle going haywire during its flight resulting in the loss of
Probing journey
In what has been considered a major boost to the Indian planetary exploration programme, the Government of India has approved the Indian mission to the Red Planet Mars expected to cost more than US$80-million to the exchequer. India’s Space Commission had okayed the Mars Mission in December 2011. Against this backdrop, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now preparing for the launch of an orbiter mission to Mars in November 2013, one of the three upcoming windows available for ‘earth to transit to Mars’. If ISRO fails to launch Mars mission next year as planned, other launch opportunities available are in 2016 and 2018. However, ISRO seems to be keen on getting its Mars probe off the ground before the end of next year. “We are