Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MOM Records Phobos, IRNSS-1C, GSLV-III

India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has recorded Phobos, one of the 2 moons of Mars, traversing across the red planet's face - you can see it as a small moving speck in the upper right:





Meanwhile, ISRO has commenced the countdown for their latest PSLV-C26 mission, which will loft the third Indian Regional Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1C into orbit. Once all seven IRNSS satellites are in place, they will provide India its own local version of GPS, with greater precision. The liftoff time is @1:32AM IST tomorrow, Oct 16:

http://spaceflightnow.com/pslv/c26/141014preview/

Once that's out of the way, ISRO will be preparing for the LVM3-X1 maiden experimental test flight of the GSLV-MarkIII rocket for the end of November, which will be carrying the new crew module to be used in the Human SpaceFlight program:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/after-mangalyaan-to-mars-isro-plans-to-send-an-indian-into-space/articleshow/44818505.cms



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