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Highlights: India’s first upper-stage rocket engine test-fired by Skyroot Aerospace

Aerospace startup venture Skyroot Aerospace has successfully test-fired an upper-stage rocket engine, thus becoming the first private company in India to demonstrate the capability to build a homegrown rocket engine. About the Engine The engine is 3-D printed and named as Raman, after the Nobel Laureate CV Raman. It has fewer moving parts and weighs ..

Detailed structure and activities of IN-SPACe released

The Department of Space has notified the detailed structure, roles and responsibilities of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization (IN-SPACe), which will be engaged in the commercialization of the space-related activities in the country. Highlights This is a single-window agency which is going to permit and oversee activities by private sector right from building ..

UAE plans Mars Mission

The United States, India and European Space Agency have sent successful missions to Mars. China is now preparing to launch its first Mars rover in July. Now United Arab Emirates is to join the elite club of sending a probe to Mars. Highlights UAE is the first country in the Arab world to plan a ..

ISRO to launch Amazonia satellite of Brazil

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is to launch Amazonia-1 satellite developed by Brazil in August 2020. Highlights Amazonia-1 is the first earth observation satellite completely developed by Brazil. The operations of Amazonia-1 will be held jointly under China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite Programme (CBERS) CBERS So far, six satellites have been launched under CBERS programme. ..

Russia to launch third generation Glonass-K Satellite

Russia recently announced that it is to launch the third generation Glonass-K satellite from the Plesetsk Space Centre in August, 2020. The launch of the satellite was postponed several times. Highlights Glonass-K is a Russian navigation satellite. It is to be launched using Soyuz carrier rocket. The first Glonass-K satellite was launched in 2011 and ..

ISRO’s Mangalyaan captures images of Phobos, Biggest moon of Mars

The Mars orbiter of the Indian Space Research Organization has captured images of Phobos, the biggest moon of Mars. Highlights The Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft was placed in Mars orbit in September 2014. By this India entered the elite group of countries that hold an orbiter around the planet. The other countries that hold satellites ..

Cabinet approves a new In-Space Centre

On June 24, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved space sector reforms that will boost the private participation. IN-SPACe Centre Indian Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre has been newly created. The centre will provide level playing field for the private companies to use Indian Space infrastructure. Also, the Centre will guide the ..

ISRO receives Patent for Liquid Cooling and Heating Garment

The Indian Space Research Organization has received patents for its LCHGs. LCHGs are Liquid Cooling and Heating Garment that are used to provide comfortable temperature to the astronauts in space. About LCHG The garment protects the astronauts from hot and cold environments. It removes the sweat of the astronauts. They also help protect the astronauts ..