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India Successfully Launches Trouble-Plagued GSLV on First Orbital Mission of 2014

Powered by its four liquid-fuelled strap-on boosters and a solid-fuelled core stage, the GSLV-D5 mission takes flight at 4:18 p.m. IST (10:48 a.m. GMT) Sunday, 5 January. Photo Credit: ISRO

After an agonizing three years of introspection and an enormous amount of work, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its trouble-plagued [...]

India Prepares for Test Flight of Problem-Plagued GSLV Rocket

The first operational flight of India’s Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)—and its first successful mission—took place in September 2004 and delivered the EDUSAT/GSAT-3 payload into orbit. Photo Credit: ISRO

After three difficult years, dogged by the bad luck of two back-to-back failures, and after coming tantalizingly close to a return to flight last summer, [...]

India Enters Fourth Place By Setting Spacecraft En-Route to Mars

Although the first hurdle for the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has been overcome, the next 10 months are fraught with difficulty. Image Credit: ISRO

In a historic event, India has become only the fourth discrete nation or group of nations—after the United States, Russia, and the European Space Agency (ESA)—to successfully despatch a homegrown [...]

India's Mars Mission Back On Track as Spacecraft Apogee Exceeds 100,000 Km

Although the first hurdle for the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has been overcome, the next 10 months are fraught with difficulty. Image Credit: ISRO

One week since its rousing 5 November liftoff atop the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), India’s first mission to Mars seems to have recovered well from its first hiccup, and [...]

India Dazzles With Spectacular Launch of First Mars Mission

India’s reliable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lofts the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) at 2:38 p.m. IST Tuesday, 5 November. Photo Credit: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is one step closer to reaching the Red Planet, following yesterday’s rousing liftoff of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), carrying the long-awaited Mars Orbiter [...]

Countdown Underway for India's First Mission to Mars

Fully encapsulated within its bulbous payload shroud, India’s first mission to Mars awaits its date with destiny. Liftoff is scheduled for 2:38 p.m. IST (4:08 a.m. EST) Tuesday, 5 November. Photo Credit: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) began a 56.5-hour countdown to the launch of its first mission to Mars on Sunday, [...]

Launch Rehearsal Places India One Step Closer to First Mars Mission

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft, also known as “Mangalyaan” (Hindi for “Mars Craft”), is encapsulated within its payload shroud. If successful, the mission will make India the fourth discrete nation or group of nations to send its own spacecraft to the Red Planet. Photo Credit: ISRO

As the final days tick away before [...]

India's First Mars Mission Confirmed for 5 November Launch

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft, also known as “Mangalyaan” (Hindi for “Mars Craft”), is loaded into the Large Space Simulation Chamber for thermovacuum tests. Photo Credit: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it will attempt to launch its first mission to Mars on the afternoon of 5 November 2013. [...]

New Launch Date for India's Mars Mission May Be Announced Tuesday

The MOM/Mangalyaan spacecraft undergoes initial checkout at the Sriharikota launch site after its arrival on 3 October 2013. Photo Credit: ISRO

India’s first mission to Mars will remain shackled to Earth for a few more days, following reports of poor weather conditions in the post-launch tracking zone and “a snag in equipment” aboard one [...]

In Aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, India Monitors the Weather Ahead of First Mars Mission

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft, also known as “Mangalyaan” (Hindi for “Mars Craft”), is loaded into the Large Space Simulation Chamber for thermovacuum tests. Photo Credit: ISRO

Only days remain before the opening of the next “launch window” to the Red Planet, with NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission scheduled to [...]