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Afghanistan Seeks Use Of Indian Satellite For Distance Learning During Covid-19 Crisis

In a recent South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) videoconference to develop a joint strategy to combat Covid-19, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani asked India to make a satellite available to Afghan residents to assist with online education and help ensure social distancing to prevent spread of the virus, according …

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CNES Gives Go-Ahead For CNES-ISRO Trishna And Space Inspire SATCOMs

The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) Board of Directors convened for its 362nd session on 12 March 2020. During this meeting, they gave the go-ahead to engage France in the development of the French-Indian Trishna programme and to pursue activities for the new Space Inspire series of flexible satellites, as …

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ISRO To Validate Design, Engineering Of Rocket To Carry India’s First Human Space Flight Mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will carry out a series of tests to validate the design and engineering of the rocket and orbital module system for India’s first planned human space flight mission, named Gaganyaan. A top official also said that the space agency would soon build its own …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: ISRO And Satellites Launches – Why The Economic Survey Is Misleading

By Kartik Bommakanti The Economic Survey -2020, which preceded the Budget 2020-21 released by Nirmala Sitharaman’ first full budget as finance minister rather bizarrely focused almost exclusively on the number of launches undertaken by major space faring states including India as a good indicator of the strength and the health …

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Indian Astronaut Candidates Start Training In Russia

The Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) has started the planned training programme of Indian astronaut candidates under the contract between Glavkosmos, JSC (part of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos) and the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). After a thorough selection process, the …

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India’s Ananth Technologies Signs Deals To Build Six Satellites For Foreign Customers

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Aerospace firm Ananth Technologies has signed deals to build six foreign-owned satellites in India, a first for a private firm, leveraging the country’s low cost base to attract global customers. The Hyderabad-based Ananth, a supplier of systems for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellites, is opening a full-fledged satellite …

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France To Support Indian Human Spaceflight And Space Station Ambitions

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was the guest of honour at the international Human Spaceflight Symposium organized in Bangalore, India, on 24 January 2020 by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and the Astronautical Society of India (ASI). On this …

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India’s GSAT-30 Successfully Launched For South Asian Connectivity Mission

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours of 17 January 2020. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:35 am IST carrying India’s GSAT-30 and EUTELSAT KONNECT for Eutelsat, as scheduled. …

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Arianespace Kicks Off 2020 With Successful Launch Of India’s GSAT-30 And Eutelsat KONNECT

Arianespace opened its 2020 launch activity with a dual-satellite Ariane 5 mission from French Guiana that successfully placed EUTELSAT KONNECT and GSAT-30 into geostationary transfer orbit on 16 January 2020. Conducted from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch site, today’s mission delivered an estimated payload lift performance of 7,888 kg. EUTELSAT KONNECT …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: India’s Self-Inflicted Foreign Policy Challenges in 2020

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “India’s Self-Inflicted Foreign Policy Challenges in 2020”, originally published on 4 January 2020 in The Diplomat. In my column for The Diplomat last week, India’s …

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