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Expecting transformation from new Indian space policy of opening India’s space sector

The chairman of the commercial arm of Indian space agency said that the new draft Spacecom Policy 2020 to open up India’s space sector is expected to bring a revolutionary change.

INSPACe is the new space promotion organisation that will be in place in the next few months. It will increase space sector participation, the interaction between ISRO and the private sector, access to Satcom capacity, launch facilities, and the whole ecosystem. The new ecosystem will also include foreign direct investment.

The main challenges EO facing are high prices and lack of capacity. But launching activities have been resumed with the launching of PSLV-C49.

 

 

Gaganyaan Unplugged-7: ADRDE recovery system playing a critical role during India’s manned mission

In Gaganyaan, homegrown parachutes made by the Agra-based Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE) will execute India’s manned Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP). ADRDE is responsible for safe and soft landing of our astronauts.

ARDRE’s efforts are also likely to develop a parachute system for the smooth landing of the space carrying Indian astronauts back on earth.

The recovery systems have gone through rigorous testing at different levels for performance evaluation. With the parachute system of ADRDE, the upcoming manned mission Gaganyaan will be incorporated from 7km altitude to the sea level.

Features of ARDRE parachutes include their lightweight, compactability, flexibility, reliability, and it can be designed to suit the system requirement anyway.

Moreover, aerial delivery systems are made up of technical textile materials that are tested before fabrication. Qualification test plans are prepared as per the system requirement in consultation with the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC). India has sought no other help from any country.

 

 

Unified maritime command with IAF’s strike elements

The maritime command is at the advanced stage. The maritime theatre command will soon come up after the unified Air Defence command is setup.

The command is likely to be headquartered in Karnataka and will be headed by an Indian Navy Officer of admiral rank.

Maritime strike aircraft with the IAF is included with squadrons of Jaguar fighters and Sukhoi-30. The Indian Navy has two operational fleets-the Western fleet and the eastern fleet but the new theatre command aims to take them under 1 theatre command.

India seeking for its own SpaceX

Bengaluru startup pixel is thinking to launch a constellation of Earth observation small satellites. The launching of the first satellite on a Soyuz rocket was put off to March next year. The booking for the launch of the second satellite on SpaceX rocket is in the latter half of 2021.

The progress of rocket lab and space in privatising rocket launches is under the aim of making them available more widely.

The funding of $4.3 million has been raised by Skyroot. And the raising of $172 million in September was the answer by China to SpaceX.

 

 

The operational capability of the Talios laser designation Pod on Rafale F3-R

The French Air Force has announced the initial operational capability of the Talios laser designation pod on the Rafale F3-R aircraft on October 29.

TArgeting Long-range Identification of Optronic system (Talios) is a multi-role electro-optical pod. It was manufactured by the French equipment manufacturer Thales. It can detect and identify targets that can deliver weapons precisely. It will include all squadrons of the Air and Space Force. Its features have much higher image quality and IR sensors that allowed the aircraft to be at the safe stand-off distance.

Its uses include identification, intelligence gathering, search, the designation of targets, and monitoring on the ground for weapons carried by Rafale. It has integrated maintenance capabilities.

 

 

Launching of 5th Scorpene-class Submarine ‘INS Vagir’ from Mazagon Dock by Shripad Naik

Shripad Naik, Minister of State for Defence has 5th Scorpene-class Submarine ‘INS Vagir’ in Arabian seawater from Mazagon Dock honour Mobile 12, 2020. It can perform the task of anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

‘Vagir’ was built by the Defence Public Sector Undertaking, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDSL) and designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS. It is the part of six Kalvari-Class submarines that are under construction in India.

INS Vagir is named after a sandfish. It is equipped with advanced accounting absorption techniques, hydro-dynamically optimised shape, and low radiated noise levels. Its functions are operating in all theatres of operation and with the other components of a Naval Task Force.