Astrosat, India’s first astronomy-centered satellite, is set for launch in about five months; the parameters of the spacecraft are “normal, which indicates everything is functioning well,” ISRO states.
The company’s promoters will raise an additional 3 billion rupees ($47 million) “through various sources,” and increase its fleet size to 45-50 aircraft by fiscal year-end, which is March 31, 2016, an airline official says.
The 40,000-ton Vikrant, meaning “bold” or “courageous,” will be undocked at the state-owned Cochin shipyard in southern state of Kerala on May 28 following completion of some pending structural work, a yard official says.
Sixteen C295s would be provided in flyaway condition by a Tata/Airbus team and 40 more from a new Indian production line. The proposals will now be considered by India’s defense cabinet committee for final approval.
India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is under fire from the country’s audit watchdog, which found “deficiencies and shortfalls” in the aircraft, throwing into question its readiness to be inducted into the Indian air force (IAF).
India has lined up six indigenous satellites and 13 foreign satellites to be launched over the next year, putting the country’s space agency in the global limelight, according to Junior Minister for Space Jitendra Singh.