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Isro to launch its first US satellite, for startup Skybox

Isro to launch its first US satellite, for startup Skybox

BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch its first American satellite later this year or early next year. This is from the company Skybox Imaging, which was bought by Google after it signed the contract with Isro. Skybox is planning to launch a series of satellites from other places for highresolution imaging.

Google reportedly has big plans to enter the space industry, and is planning a constellation of 180 satellites in low earth orbit, which will provide Internet access throughout the world. According to earlier reports, the cost of this constellation will be somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion. Isro signed the deal with Skybox in April 2014.

Skybox Imaging is a startup company from Stanford University. It was set up to bring a new per spective on the world, by providing high-quality images of any spot without being more than a few hours old at any time. It achieves this through satellites that are cheap to make although short to last. It has launched two satellites already and will launch 22 more in the future.

ISRO to put 7 Singapore satellites in orbit

ISRO to put 7 Singapore satellites in orbit

Nellore: While Singapore is helping Andhra Pradesh to build its capital, the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota is launching seven satellites for Singapore during its 50th Independence Day celebrations.“This will build the emotional bond between Singapore and Andhra Pradesh. Singapore is keen on entering space research in a big way with the help of India,” a senior Isro official said.

Space scientists feel honoured on getting Padma Shri

Space scientists feel honoured on getting Padma Shri

Chennai: India's two space scientists who played an important role in the country's two inter-planetary missions Sunday said they felt deeply honoured and happy on being conferred with the Padma Shri.

"I feel deeply honoured. All in the family are also elated. It is the recognition for the team members," S. Arunan, project director for India's Mars mission, told IANS.

The other Padma Shri awardee S K Shivkumar, director of the Indian Space Research Organisation Satellite Centre, told IANS: "My family and I are really happy. We do not work with an aim to get an award. But when it comes, it is really a nice feeling."

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