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Mission scaling
Space age, which was heralded by the launch of Soviet Sputnik way back in 1957, had its genesis in the deep rooted human quest to unravel the ‘secrets and mysteries’ of the cosmos. However, with the passage of time, the strides in space technology started unfolding its potentials for many down to earth applications and enhance the quality of human life as never envisaged before. Today communications and broadcasting, weather watch and resources survey as well as navigation and surveillance and other related activities, are, to a large extent, dependent on the capabilities built into the orbiting satellites of varying specifications. Not surprisingly then, the satellite technology has today emerged as a major contributor to the search and rescue opera
Eye in space
After indulging in port diplomacy with India’s neighbors China is now engaged in Space diplomacy with them. This has caused jitters in Indian security establishment, which incidentally was not caught off guard. Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh had floated global Request for Proposal for acquiring communication satellites and the relevant Indian departments did not take note of this. However, much later they realized that the Chinese has taken advantage of their offers and found it as a golden opportunity to further deepen its relations with India’s neighbors and further increase their dependence on China. First China built Gwadar port for Pakistan, Sittwe port for Myanmar, Hambantota port for Sri Lanka and is already engaged in one for Bangladesh.
Command from space
Satellites meant for a variety of end uses which serve as ‘eyes and ears’ from the commanding position of outer space, have now become indispensable for sustaining the strategic superiority of defence forces keen on realizing their mission goals, speedily and efficiently. Indeed, space resources are being considered a ‘force multiplier and game changer’ in so far as boosting the fighting fitness of defence forces under adverse conditions is concerned. Indeed, the massive intelligence failure suffered by the Indian Army before and during the short lived Kargil skirmish with Pakistan in 1999 has been traced to the glaring inability to access satellites designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance well on time.
Boosting cooperation
In the context of growing frequency of Indian space missions including ambitious plans for deep space planetary probes and manned flight, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is seriously exploring the possibility of roping in the Indian industry in a big way for the production and delivery of communications satellites and India’s only operational space vehicle, the four stage space workhorse PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) in a ready to use condition. Evidently, the prevailing industrial culture in India lacks in robustness and skill base to deliver the entire space systems on a turnkey basis. The industrial infrastructure in North America and West Europe is mature and evolved enough to deliver the entire space vehicles and satellites in an inte
Boosting capsule
In a major boost to the Indian space programme, GSAT-10, the heaviest ever Indian satellite, was successfully placed into orbit on September 29 by means of the Ariane-5 vehicle of the European space transportation company, Arianespace, from the Kourou launch complex in French Guiana. The 3,400-kg GSAT-10, described as an advanced Indian communications satellite features 30 transponders-12 in Ku band, 12 in C band and 6 in extended C-band. The transponder capability of GSAT-10 is expected to support the communications and broadcasting sectors of India in a big way. More importantly, GSAT-10 carries a navigation payload designed to support GAGAN (GPS aided Geo Augmented Navigation) civilian air traffic management system being implemented jointly by Indian Space Res
Avenues in space
The smooth launch of India’s home-grown 1858-kg radar imaging satellite RISAT-1 by means of XL version of the four stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on April 26 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), the Indian spaceport in Sriharikota Island on India’s eastern coast, is considered a major boost to India’s defence and security capabilities in all their manifestations. Defence analysts point out that the data made available by RISAT-1 can be exploited for enhancing the surveillance level along India’s international borders. RISAT-1, which is the heaviest satellite to be launched by means of PSLV featuring alternate liquid and solid fuel driven stages, provides India with day and night as well as all weather earth imaging capabilit
It is with high hopes and aspirations that Indians will be looking out for the proposed launch of the Indian heavy-lift Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) in June this year to put a satellite into orbit that will mark another major step towards creating a Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS). It is intended to dovetail the on-going program of the GPS aided geo augmented navigation or GPS and geo-augmented navigation system (GAGAN) with the planned implementation of a regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) by India. It is a system to improve the accuracy of a GNSS receiver by providing reference signals. The effort currently underway is the first step towards introduction of modern communication, navigation, surveillance/Air Tra