Asia Pacific Staff

Asia Pacific Staff
Indian Government Auditor Slams P-8I Deal 
India’s central auditor is challenging the rationale behind the country’s purchase of eight P-8I Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft from Boeing.
India’s GSAT-11 Slated For November Launch 
India and Arianespace will try again to launch the country’s heaviest comm sat, GSAT-11, on Nov. 30, almost four months after its first planned liftoff.
Indian Space Agency Gears Up For Year-end Space Launches 
India’s space agency is preparing for a hectic end of 2018, with several rocket launches planned from September onward, the country’s top scientist says.
India Aims To Build Winged Space Plane In 10 Years 
India’s space agency is looking at the possibility of a winged space plane.
India To Launch Australian Nanosatellite 
India’s state-run space agency will launch a nanosatellite for an Australian startup later this year.
India’s Second Moon Mission Targets Helium-3 
India’s second lunar mission—Chandrayaan-2, scheduled for launch in October—will explore the possibility of mining helium-3.
Indian-Made Sukhoi Su-30MKI Crashes 
A Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft produced under license by India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) crashed during a test flight June 27.
India To Launch Next Space Mission In August 
India’s national space agency is hoping to launch its next mission—an Earth observation satellite and up to 30 small satellite co-passengers—in August.
India’s Rustom-2 UAV To Be Ready For Military By 2020 
India’s home-developed Rustom-2, a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV meant to strengthen homeland security, will be ready for military deployment by 2020.
Indian Military To Get Upgraded Pinaka Rocket 
India’s enhanced version of the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket, with increased range and a new guidance system, will be inducted into the country’s military by 2020.
India Looks To Boost Remote Sensing Fleet 
India’s national space agency is planning to build at least six remote-sensing satellites to monitor weather and atmospheric conditions.
Indian Space Agency Gets Nod For Semi-Cryogenic Engine 
India’s national space agency has gotten the go-ahead to develop a semi-cryogenic engine capable of powering the country’s heaviest rocket.
India Okays $1.5B For PSLV, GSLV Projects 
The funds will be distributed between the country’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk. 3 projects.
India To Buy S-400 From Russia Despite U.S. Concerns 
India has concluded commercial negotiations with Russia to purchase five S-400 Surface-to-Air Missile systems despite serious U.S. concerns.
Indian Space Agency Declares GSAT-11 Fit For Launch 
India’s space agency has given the go-ahead for the launch of the GSAT-11 communication satellite, the heaviest to be built so far.
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