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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the high-five dept.
vasanth writes: "India has put into orbit five foreign satellites, including one built by France two from Canada and one each from Singapore and Germany. The PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) has so far successfully launched 67 satellites, including 40 foreign ones, into space. The PSLV costs about 17 million USD and the cost is seen as a major advantage India has over other countries in terms of commercial launches. When talking about the cost of the project, the Prime Minister of India noted that the launch was cheaper than Hollywood film Gravity.
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

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  • by monzie (729782) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @01:37AM (#47366433) Homepage
    ISRO ( Indian Space Research Organization ) launch vehicles have attained the goals set for them. A politician recently pointed out that cost of sending 5 satellites to space was less than the budget of the movie Gravity ( I liked that movie, he should have picked Avatar for the example IMO ). The Mangalyaan ( Mars Mission ) costs less than â12 per km travelled, making it the most cost effective mars mission ever. These launches were done by the PSLV ( Polar satellite launch vehicle ) and cannot be used for manned launches. ISRO has suffered setbacks , notably with GSLV ( Geostationary satellite launch vehicle ) and in mastering the cryogenic engine. They have made progress and their track record makes them a very good contender to provide a good alternative to SpaceX.
  • Meanwhile... (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @02:30AM (#47366565)

    665 million Indians don't have a private toilet. Way to prioritize, India.

  • Re:Great for India (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ThatsMyNick (2004126) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @04:12AM (#47366769)

    they still can't clean up their garbage, their sewage, or feed, house, and clothe 90% of their population. They can't even keep the power grid they do have up and running reliably.

    You know what can fund them? Launching satellites for other countries, commercially, can. :)

  • Re:Great for India (Score:3, Insightful)

    by nashv (1479253) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @06:12AM (#47367039) Homepage

    No one was judging a country based on their rocket launching capability. People were appreiciating the efficient and economic rocket launching capability and the efforts that went into developing it. You are one who is doing the judging of an entire country, rather than just the particular achievement reported posted in the article.

    As for all the problems you describe as being present in India, as an Indian I thank you for your concern. But seeing as you aren't doing that much to help us solve them, you can keep this list of what is wrong with yourself. We already have that list for the last 60 years.

Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided at all costs. -- N. Alexander.