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Stating that India was “nowhere less than China” in the arena of space, ISRO chief Dr K Sivan Friday said that after the success of the Gaganyaan mission, it will be equal to its neighbour in all aspects related to the field.

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The design for the crew module and crew service module for country’s first manned space mission `Gaganyaan’ will be finalised soon says Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman. ISRO will be launching a total of 32 missions this year which will include 14 rockets, 17 satellites, and one technology demo mission.

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A satellite will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) exclusively for the home ministry to help it further strengthen its frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh among others, according to an official statement issued on Thursday.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation Wednesday said its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the Kalamsat payload and Microsat-R satellite from Sriharikota on January 24.

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In a bid to cut cost of satellite launchers, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is working on reusable launch technology for using the first and second stages of a rocket multiple times. To master this technology, Isro is going to conduct an advanced version of the reusable launch technology (RLV) test in June-July.

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India’s first human space flight, scheduled to be launched sometime in the second half of 2021, will, most likely, have at least one woman astronaut on board.

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India is set to install ground stations for satellite communications in five neighboring countries, a diplomatic move designed to counter China’s influence in the region, according to Indian media.

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China made history Thursday by becoming the first country to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, a feat India is expected to repeat soon with Chandrayaan-2.

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After spending a week in the space when the three Indian astronauts return to the Earth in 2022, besides ISRO they must also thank a little-known laboratory tucked away in a corner of Agra.

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As part of New Delhi’s space diplomacy, a tool the foreign ministry has been trying to wield as part of its neighbourhood-first policy to counter China’s influence in the region, India will set up five large ground stations and more than 500 small terminals in five neighbouring countries – Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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