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India's ISRO Successfully Launches 100th Mission

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the let's-go-ahead-and-call-it-the-space-age dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Five decades after a humble start to its space program, the Indian Space Research Organization has successfully launched its 100th mission. From the news article: 'Making history in its space Odyssey, India on Sunday successfully launched its 100th mission with its workhorse PSLV-C21 placing in orbit two foreign satellites in a flawless flight from the spaceport here. The third wholly commercial launch with no Indian satellite was a textbook mission as Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) placed in orbit French spacecraft SPOT 6 and Japanese micro satellite PROITERES some 18 minutes after lift-off at 9:53 a.m..' ISRO has so far launched 62 satellites, one space recovery module, and 37 rockets."

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Soon (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about 2 years ago | (#41279405)

Soon space will be great! And spicy with stars. I believe in friengly beans dancing aroungd the psycheof eye pollen to the hidden -- BRIGHT goat!

Being Pedantic (3, Insightful)

pushing-robot (1037830) | about 2 years ago | (#41279433)

I'm more impressed with how they managed 100 successful launches with only 37 rockets. Trebuchet-to-orbit isn't as easy as it sounds.

Re:Being Pedantic (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#41279451)

They probably used an ancient Indian technique [preetindersodhi.com] to accomplish that.

Re:Being Pedantic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41279465)

I'm more impressed with how they managed 100 successful launches with only 37 rockets. Trebuchet-to-orbit isn't as easy as it sounds.

100th space mission

Re:Being Pedantic (2)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | about 2 years ago | (#41282317)

If you're going to be pedantic, according to Dr. Who it's the "ISA" not the "ISRO". :)

Space-D mission (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 2 years ago | (#41284271)

100th space mission

With 37 rockets?

More like "100th spaced mission"

Re:Being Pedantic (4, Informative)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 2 years ago | (#41279577)

I'm more impressed with how they managed 100 successful launches with only 37 rockets.

This is explained in the article. Each rocket launch is considered a "mission". Each satellite placed in orbit is considered a "mission". So if a rocket is launched with two satellites on board, that counts as three "missions".

Maybe this mission counting system was devised by some ex-Arthur Andersen accountants.

Re:Being Pedantic (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#41279619)

Each rocket launch is considered a "mission". Each satellite placed in orbit is considered a "mission". So if a rocket is launched with two satellites on board, that counts as three "missions".

What happens when a screw falls out in orbit?

Re:Being Pedantic (2)

cruff (171569) | about 2 years ago | (#41279673)

What happens when a screw falls out in orbit?

I believe it is called "a mission of opportunity".

Re:Being Pedantic (1)

WhiteDragon (4556) | about 2 years ago | (#41286941)

What happens when a screw falls out in orbit?

these guys [wikipedia.org] have to go collect it.

Re:Being Pedantic (1)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#41279635)

This is explained in the article. Each rocket launch is considered a "mission". Each satellite placed in orbit is considered a "mission". So if a rocket is launched with two satellites on board, that counts as three "missions".

Maybe this mission counting system was devised by some ex-Arthur Andersen accountants.

Or maybe some of the people who worked at my previous employer, brought back with them the awesome ideas about software metrics we used :/

Re:Being Pedantic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41279613)

I was more interested in the phrasing. Successfully launching the 100th mission is not exactly the same as launching the 100th successful mission.

Re:Being Pedantic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41285899)

Amazing Maths...... 62 + 1 + 37 = 100

I'm surprised no one did the addition.

Thank you for calling... (0)

ComputerGeek01 (1182793) | about 2 years ago | (#41279481)

"Thank you for calling space launch control. If your main booster is malfunctioning please press '1'. For all other inquires please stay on the line and a representative will be with you shortly."

WHAT'S WEIRD IS, THE DIRT ROADS LEADING TO IT !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41279523)

The launch site, that is !!

Forgive my Americocentricity (0)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 2 years ago | (#41279543)

But I am deeply saddened by our relinquishing the scientific leadership of the planet to focus on planet bully.

Re:Forgive my Americocentricity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41279581)

Get use to it. Both the fool in the Whitehouse now and the only other fool who has a chance to get to it this election are cut from the same cloth. No matter how you vote this election you're going to get the same policies. We're fucked.

Re:Forgive my Americocentricity (4, Insightful)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 2 years ago | (#41279655)

relinquishing the scientific leadership of the planet

India just put a satellite into low Earth orbit.

America just put a robot rover onto the surface of Mars.

I think your concerns are overstated.

Re:Forgive my Americocentricity (1)

Shinobi (19308) | about 2 years ago | (#41279665)

A large portion of the scientists responsible for putting the robot on Mars? From outside the USA

Re:Forgive my Americocentricity (4, Insightful)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 2 years ago | (#41279773)

A large portion of the scientists responsible for putting the robot on Mars? From outside the USA

A large portion of the scientists responsible for putting a man on the moon? From outside the USA

A large portion of the scientists responsible for building the first atomic bomb? From outside the USA

A large portion of the scientists responsible for the industrial revolution? From outside the USA

America has always been a nation of immigrants.

Re:Forgive my Americocentricity (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 2 years ago | (#41281519)

Stipulated. Were not a decent portion of the German scientists more spoils of war than willing immigrants?

Re:Forgive my Americocentricity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41285397)

Neither. They were refugees.

Re:Forgive my Americocentricity (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41282845)

America has always been a nation of immigrants.

And let's not forget that every generation of Americans has claimed "Immigration made America great, but there's too much of it now!"

Re:Forgive my Americocentricity (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 2 years ago | (#41291037)

And if you look at the history of American immigration laws, and how they evolved - it might not remain one for long.

foreign (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41279601)

"placing in orbit two foreign satellites"

Aren't all their satellites foreign ? I mean they aren't American are they?

But I suppose space is the next thing to be outsourced...

Re: foreign (2)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#41279677)

Interesting fact: In most of the world, 'American' is foreign.

Re: foreign (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41279805)

Woosh!
 
Hi, my name is PPH and I'm a fucking retarded neckbeard who thinks he's insightful.

Slogan.. (0)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 2 years ago | (#41279729)

ISRO: Using India's electricity to power or space program.
-or-
ISRO: You light your candles, while we light ours.

Go India! (1)

fantomas (94850) | about 2 years ago | (#41280169)

The more national organisations and other countries running successful space operations, the more chance all us geeks have a chance of our dreams to take a tourist package into space come true :-)

More seriously - it's got to be a good thing that India can develop and manage its own space program, bringing its own researchers through and increasing its high tech industrial capacity. More space programs means more cross fertilisation of ideas across programs. Perhaps we are finally getting past the faltering early days and the analogy is now closer to the 1920s and 30s air flight parallel, with an industry maturing?

Re:Go India! (1, Interesting)

Stiletto (12066) | about 2 years ago | (#41280629)

In twenty years, these "developing countries" are going to be the leaders in science and technology (if they aren't already), have mature, productive space programs and transportation systems, while the USA is still busy arguing whether evolution is the work of Satan himself or whether it's simply the work of the liberal elite.

Re:Go India! (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 2 years ago | (#41280773)

the USA is still busy arguing whether evolution is the work of Satan

You need to get yourself a passport and go out into the world and get some perspective. Americans may argue about evolution on talk radio, but Indians kill each other over this stuff. Thousands of Indians have died in religious violence in recent years. The USA may seem religiously extreme compared to Western Europe, but compared to the "developing world", not at all.

Re:Go India! (4, Informative)

timeOday (582209) | about 2 years ago | (#41281237)

Oooh, you're not kidding [bbc.co.uk] :

People were asked which statements were closest to their own opinion about how evolutionary theories should be taught in science lessons in schools. The highest proportion agreeing that evolutionary theories alone should be taught was in India, at 49%, followed by Spain (42%).

Re:Go India! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41283041)

it's got to be a good thing that India can develop and manage its own space program

The "India" part of the development needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
If the "Indian" military is any indication, almost nothing in the "Indian" arsenal of planes, ships, missiles is actually "Indian" in origin.
They have all been pretty much lifted intact from Russian, American, European manufacturers, often even manufactured outside of India, as India lacks the technological infrastructure even to kit-build many of these high-tech systems.
You can start the list of deficiencies with India cannot yet master reliable electric power.
Not trying to bash Indians, but it is what it is.

lost alot of respect for the French and Japanese (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41280469)

Don't they know that SpaceX can launch their satellites even cheaper than the Chinese?
That is if Elon Musk's alimony payments don't go through the roof after his recent second marriage failure.

India Story Quick! Here are the memes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41280529)

1. India should focus on poverty eradication.
2. your favorite curry joke.
3. Rant and Rave about outsourcing.
4. Talk about rampant corruption and casteism.
5. The quality of engineers suck .,,
Go right ahead...

What about the "aid"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41282715)

The UK gives India millions of pounds in "aid" per year. Given that India seems to be able to afford a massive space programme, and the UK can't afford to run basic services, it's time we cut them loose.

Re:What about the "aid"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41371543)

Hey, when?
Oh please, cut the shit out.

Last time we said it is peanuts and please stop giving us aid:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096628/British-foreign-aid-India-tells-Britain-dont-need-peanuts-offer-us.html [dailymail.co.uk]

The Brutish Parliamentarians came to us on bended knees asking us to please accept it:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2097264/Britain-WILL-giving-millions-aid-India-don-t-want-it.html [dailymail.co.uk]

No Logic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41285625)

Half of Indian population are below poverty and why govt is spending so much money on space program....these all are show off..

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