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Breaking Records – The ISRO Way

With the successful launch of 104 satellites from a single rocket on February 15, 2017 at  9:28 AM IST, ISRO has managed to once again prove to the world that no matter what goals are set for it, ISRO manages to blow them all to smithereens. By effectively managing the launch of 104 satellites in one go, and by one rocket, ISRO has beaten every other space agencies record by a large margin. For comparison, now the second place for most satellites in one go goes to the Russian Space Agency. The Russian...


Landscape Profiles Made Easy

You have spent your summer holidays in this beautiful island with green-forested hills and babbling brooks. Photographs that you have taken are unable to capture the enchanting panoramic view of the island. You want to recreate the landscape and impress your friends. Well, here is a hands-on solution. The things you need, A ruler A pair of setsquares A pencil A few sheets of paper Run safety checks before you begin. One, that you have all the benchmarks of the area, Two, that all the lines...

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Pratham – India’s First Satellite Built By IIT Students

On September 26, 2016, satellite Pratham built by the students of IIT Bombay and PISAT from PES University, Bengaluru along with co-passenger satellites - ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B, ALSAT-1N from Algeria, NLS-19 from Canada and Pathfinder-1 from USA were launched by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35). PSLV-C35 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The 371 kg SCATSAT-1 was launched for weather...


Amrit, Department of Science and Technology’s arsenic free solution

Department of Science and Technology (DST) appreciates Geography and You's effort to showcase scientific research through its social media platform. The short film on 'Amrit' was created by the G'nY team to provide succinct information to the masses. DST has tweeted on their handle this evening. To view the tweet : To view it on DST website, click here


India to Track Space Junk of Satellites

A team comprising of members from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) are working on setting up an observatory to track space junk or space debris caused by satellites. The observatory will give ISRO the capability to better handle future space missions that involve re-entry of modules back into the earth’s atmosphere, and to track space debris. The facility will be named Guru Shikhar Observatory and be built in Mount Abu, Rajasthan. The facility...


GIS for Starters: Encapsulated basics

Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer based information system used to digitally represent and analyse various parameters of the globe. Popular use of GIS began in late 1970s and was initiated by Environmental System Research Institute Incorporation (ESRI) of Canada. Much of the credit for the early development of GIS goes to Roger Tomilson, a Canadian GIS specialist. You may be aware that the earth’s surface not only comprises of spatial attributes, but has non-spatial attributes,...


INSAT 3DR : India will believe in IMD a little more

INSAT – 3DR Update September 21, 2016 A couple of days ago, on September 19, ISRO released the first colour photo captured by the satellite. Like its predecessor INSAT-3D, INSAT-3DR carries a Data Relay Transponder as well as a Search and Rescue Transponder. Thus, INSAT-3DR will provide service continuity to earlier meteorological missions of ISRO and further augment the capability to provide various meteorological as well as search and rescue services. Earlier, on September 15, the INSAT...

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Mesmerizing nighttime cloud images

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F05 carrying advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR on September 8, 2016 at 1610 hours from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The previous launch by ISRO on Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) was of GSLV-D6 carrying communication satellite GSAT-6 on August 27, 2015. GSLV-F05 flight is significant since it is the first operational flight of GSLV carrying indigenously developed...


A heart-shaped grassland in the heart of India

The Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites, put into orbit since 1988 by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), have been used extensively in monitoring and management of natural resources. IRS satellite images, at times, bring out captivating appearance of landforms reiterating the beauty of our country. One such image is of LISS-4 picture that reflects a ‘heart’ shaped landscape amidst the swaying grasslands of Kanha National park in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National...


Another cowntroversy to handle?

The government is now confronted with a cowntroversy of a different kind – that too with microbes from distant Antarctica. On August 9, the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) informed the Rajya Sabha that microbes from Antarctica are to be used as bio-digesters in train toilets by the Indian Railways. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed the House that this bacteria from Antarctica was being used in anaerobic microbial consortium that is used for seeding (innoculation)...