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After the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up to launch a remote sensing satellite of Cartosat-2 series along with 30 nano satellites of foreign countries in the second half of December.

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On May 5, India began a new diplomatic push in South Asia by launching the “South Asia satellite” into space. Built and launched by the government-run ISRO, the satellite will provide communications and meteorological data to India’s South Asian neighbors (Economic Times, May 5 and Xinhua, May 5).

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Some five months after the South Asia Satellite or GSAT-9 was put up in space as New Delhi’s gift to six neighbours, ground delays outside India seem to be holding up its planned harvest.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is ready to soft land a rover on the moon with the Chandrayaan-2 mission in March 2018.

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From a humble beginning at a Church in Thumba, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has matured to become a major player in the field of space, launching a record 104 satellites at one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota this year, thanks to denial of critical technologies including the one for making cryogenic engines.

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India will add a sixth “eye in the sky”, when ISRO launches an earth observation satellite belonging to the crucial Cartosat-2 series in November. This will be the third advanced remote sensing satellite in the Cartosat-2 series to be launched in 2017.

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Several of China's ambitious future space initiatives, including the lunar mission and building of a permanent space station, have been delayed due to the failure of a heavy-lift carrier rocket this year, a senior Chinese space administration official said.

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A year after their decision to collaborate in the Google Lunar XPrize competition, Team Indus and Japan's Hakuto are gearing up to put their rovers on the ISRO-built spacecraft scheduled to launch in December.

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Almost a decade after Chandraayaan 1 was launched, India is aiming for the Moon again, as Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) second unmanned moon mission, Chandrayaan 2, is set to lift off in March 2018, as per reports.

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Launched on September 24, 2014, with an intent to probe the Red Planet, India's Mangalyaan spacecraft that was estimated to last for 6 months has now completed 3 whole years.

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