Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ಇಸ್ರೋಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಅನುದಾನ:

ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಬಜೆಟ್ ಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆಯಿಂದ ವ್ಯಾಪಕ ಟೀಕೆ ಎದುರಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಒಂದು ಸಂತಸದ ವಿಷಯ ಎಂದರೆ 'ಇಸ್ರೋ'ಗೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಅನುದಾನವನ್ನು ಶೇ. 27 ರಷ್ಟು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ಈ ಅನುದಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಹಣವನ್ನು ಚಂದ್ರಯಾನ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಸೆಮಿ ಕ್ರಯೋಜೆನಿಕ್ ಎಂಜಿನ್ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ, ಇನ್ನೂ ಭಾರೀ ಗಾತ್ರದ, ಭಾರದ ಉಪಗ್ರಹಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾರಿ ಬಿಡಲು ಅನುಕೂಲವಾಗುವ ಉಡಾವಣಾ ವಾಹನಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲು ಬಳಸಲಾಗುವುದು.
ಕಳೆದ ವರ್ಷ ಇಸ್ರೋಗೆ 3,499 ಕೋಟಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಬಾರಿ 960 ಕೋಟಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಳ ಮಾಡಿ, ಒಟ್ಟು 4,459 ಕೋಟಿ ಹಣ ನೀಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಭವಿಷ್ಯದ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಅವಶ್ಯವಾಗುವ ಸೆಮಿ ಕ್ರಯೋಜೆನಿಕ್ ಎಂಜಿನ್ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಕಳೆದ ವರ್ಷ ಕೇವಲ 4.09 ಕೋಟಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಬಾರಿ ಇದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ 75 ಕೋಟಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಚಂದ್ರಯಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಳೆದ ವರ್ಷ 88 ಕೋಟಿ ನೀಡಿದ್ದರೆ ಈ ವರ್ಷ 90 ಕೋಟಿ ಬಳಕೆ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು. ಎಸ್ ಎಲ್ ವಿ ಮಾರ್ಕ್ -3 ಉಡಾವಣಾ ವಾಹನ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ 217 ಕೋಟಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇದು ಪೂರ್ತಿ ಸಿದ್ಧವಾದರೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಭಾರದ ಉಪಗ್ರಹಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾರಿ ಬಿಡಬಹುದು.
ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಮುಖವಾಗಿ ಮಾನವ ಸಹಿತ ನೌಕೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಲು ಬೇಕಾದ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಚಾಲನೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದು, ಇದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ 50 ಕೋಟಿ ನಿಗದಿ ಪಡಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

ಇಸ್ರೊದಿಂದ ಇಂಟರ್ ನ್ಯಾಷನಲ್ ಇಯರ್ ಆಫ್ ಅಸ್ಟ್ರಾನಮಿ.

2009 is being celebrated worldwide as the "International Year of Astronomy (IYA)". Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is one of the organisational associates of IYA. The details of the national program on IYA activities in India is available at Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA).
The Indian space program has always encouraged the study of the universe using space as a platform. The research work in the areas of cosmic rays, infrared, X-rays, gamma ray and solar physics were initially carried out using high altitude balloons and rockets. Today many of these studies are carried out using satellite experiments. Since 90s, opportunities to fly space science experiments have increased and numerous science payloads have been deployed as piggyback systems on several satellites from India. These include:

SROSS-series GRB experiments.
More recently, ISRO has undertaken development of dedicated satellites for space sciences. The first of these CHANDRAYAAN-1 was launched on October 22, 2008, marking India's entry into solar system exploration studies. CHANDRAYAAN-1 will soon be followed by a dedicated multi-wavelength astronomy satellite ASTROSAT, slated for 2010 launch.

ISRO's other near term activities in space astronomy include:
RT-2 on Photon-CORONAS satellite

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chandrayaan a wake up call, says Annadurai

(From The Hindu)

COIMBATORE: After 2010 there will be many moon missions undertaken by other countries. Anticipating this, we wanted to complete ours before they began. When we step into the moon tomorrow, we should be leaders among the other countries, Project Director of Chandrayaan – 1 M. Annadurai said here on Saturday. Responding to a felicitation given by Avinashilingam University for Women, he said the mission that was slated to be completed in seven years was accomplished in a record time of four years without any hitch.

“The Rs. 355 crore that was spent for the mission is not too high a cost for this kind of achievement. This is to show that we can achieve anything if we can work as a team. You need not have a background. Opportunities do not always knock at our doors. But, when they knock, we should be able to respond to them as a team. That will yield the best results,” Mr. Annadurai said.

Asking students to hold on to opportunities offered by the country, he said, “It is not a pride to go abroad and earn. India is throwing a red carpet of opportunities for you to grab. When India has given me the opportunity, it can give each one of you also”.

Terming the moon mission a “wake up” call not only for the U.S., but also for India, he said it was something the youth could look up to for doing more for the country. Since India could boast of a large youth population, it should serve as a productive human resource. He asked the students to be environmentally conscious. “Women have a more important role in this duty because they have to take on the role of teachers to their children at home. The role of a mother as a teacher is more significant than any other,” Mr. Annadurai said.

T.K. Shanmuganandam, Chancellor, Saroja Prabhakaran, Vice-Chancellor, and Lakshmi Santa Rajagopal, former Vice-Chancellor, of the university were among those who offered felicitations.

Monday, February 2, 2009

ಚಂದ್ರನ ಕಂದರಗಳು.

ಚಂದ್ರಯಾನದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಟೆರೇನ್ ಮ್ಯಾಪಿಂಗ್ ಕ್ಯಾಮೆರಾ ಚಂದ್ರನ ಕಂದರಗಳು, ಗುಡ್ಡ ಬೆಟ್ಟಗಳ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದು ರವಾನಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂತಹ ಎರಡು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಿವೆ. ಒಂದರಲ್ಲಿ 618 ಮೀಟರ್ ಎತ್ತರದ ಬೆಟ್ಟವಿದ್ದರೆ, ಮತ್ತೊಂದರಲ್ಲಿ 400 ಮೀಟರ್ ಆಳದ ಕಂದರವಿದೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲು.