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News Archive / Tagged: PSLV-XL

  • Indian navigation satellite launch suffers failure

    Derek RichardsonAugust 31st, 2017

    On Aug. 31, 2017, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its latest navigation satellite. During the flight, however, the payload fairing did not separate several minutes after liftoff like it was supposed to, leaving the spacecraft trapped inside the clamshell-like aerodynamic nose cone.

  • Could Breakthrough Starshot be humanity’s first interstellar mission?

    Jason RhianAugust 1st, 2017

    In the NewSpace era, one hears all manner of predictions and brash claims, few come to fruition. Most of these efforts see Chapter 11 before they ever take to the skies. One program, dubbed Breakthrough Starshot, is looking to send mankind's space exploration efforts far beyond the Solar System by using the world's smallest spacecraft.

  • India launches Cartosat-2E, 30 small satellites atop 40th PSLV rocket

    Derek RichardsonJune 23rd, 2017

    Lifting off just before midnight EDT (03:59 GMT) June 23, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket sent CartoSat-2E and 30 smaller satellites into space. The 40th launch of the PSLV placed all the spacecraft in a polar orbit some 300 miles (500 kilometers) in altitude.