Satellites: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Debris from Mission Shakti

In March 2019 India had successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile by shooting down a live satellite. The project named as Mission Shakti led by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was aimed at strengthening India’s overall security. Mission Shakti DRDO-developed anti-satellite system (A-SAT) successfully destroyed a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit. India ..

NavIC System (IRNSS)

The Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) is a sub-regional satellite navigation system which is owned and operated by the ISRO on behalf of the by the Indian government.? As of 2019, the IRNSS is now complete with its entire constellation of satellites in orbit. It was renamed as the Navigation Indian Constellation (NAVIC) by ..

Nepal launchesits first satellite NepaliSat-1 into space under BIRDS project of Japan

Nepal has successfully launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 into space from Virginia in the United States. The satellite was developed by the Nepalese scientists. NepaliSat-1 is a low orbit satellite which will be in the 400-km distance from the Earth’s surface. It will be stationed at the International Space Station (ISS) for a month and ..

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-31 successfully launched by European launch services provider- Arianespace’s rocket

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-31 was successfully launched by European launch services provider- Arianespace’s rocket from Kourou Launch Base in French Guiana on February 6, 2019. The Ariane-5 vehicle (Flight VA247) also carried Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 along with GSAT-31. After a 42-min flight, GSAT-31 separated from the Ariane-5 in an elliptical Geosynchronous ..

GSAT-11, India’s heaviest communication satellite, recently launched successfully from French Guiana

On December 4, ISRO’s heaviest and most advanced high throughput communication satellite ‘GSAT-11’ was successfully launched by an European Ariane-5 vehicle (Flight VA246) rocket from Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana. Initially, the satellite is placed in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and will be raised to the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above ..

Galileo global satellite navigation system of European Union

Recently, China has successfully launched its first geostationary BeiDou-3 satellite ‘G1Q’ into high orbit (about 36,000 km above the Earth) to boost its home-grown BeiDou global satellite navigation system. It was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern Sichuan Province. In a geostationary orbit, following the Earth’s rotation, it will view the ..

India’s decision to join Europe’s satellite data sharing pool

India has joined Europe’s mega global arrangement of sharing data from Earth observation satellites, called Copernicus. Data from a band of Indian remote sensing satellites will be available to the European Copernicus programme while designated Indian institutional users will in return get to access free data from Europe’s six Sentinel satellites and those of other ..

GOES-S

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) is an advanced weather satellites launched by NASA with the western US at focus. Besides the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii, GOES-S also will keep watch over Mexico and Central America. GOES-S will provide astonishingly fast, crisp images of hurricanes, wildfires, floods, mudslides and other natural calamities. GOES-S is a ..