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Nothing Succeed like Success! GSLV-F04 successfully launched – Places INSAT-4CR in Orbit


India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV-F04, had a successful launch on September 2, 2007. It placed India’s INSAT-4CR into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. This was the fifth flight of GSLV and the fourth successful one.

GSLV was commissioned after both its developmental test flights conducted in April 2001 and May 2003 were successful. GSLV was designed and developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, India. Russian supplied cryogenic stage was used for third stage propulsion, the guidance and control of the stage has been implemented by ISRO. INSAT-4CR was developed by ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore. The payloads were developed by Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad. The successful launch of GSLV-F04 demonstrated the operational reliability of GSLV as well as reiterated the endto- end capability of ISRO.

Google Earth’s planetarium i

Google has launched Sky – a new feature that enables users of Google Earth to view the sky as seen from planet Earth. All Earth users can view and navigate through 100 million individual stars and 200 million galaxies. The new feature introduces seven informative layers that illustrate various celestial bodies and events.

Google announces a simple new way to embed Google Maps

Google Maps users can now add a map to their website or blog just by copying and pasting a snippet of HTML. This new functionality enables Google Maps users to share and disseminate geographic information in the same way that YouTube users share videos.

DigitalGlobe announces launch date for WorldView-1

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., ITT Corporation, and DigitalGlobe have announced delivery of their WorldView- 1 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for its scheduled launch on September 18, 2007. WorldView-1 is the first of two new next-generation satellites Digital Globe has planned to launch.

Thai satellite to be launched in November

Thailand’s first satellite for surveying natural resources, THEOS (Thailand Earth Observation Systems), is scheduled to be launched in November. The satellite data shall aid the state officials deal with natural disasters, suppress drug trafficking and predict crop estimates. According to Thai Space Agency, GISTDA, agreements had already been signed with several state agencies to use the satellite’s services like Royal Irrigation Department, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) and the Defence Ministry.

Australian researchers discover dozens of new temples at Angkor

Australian researchers using NASA technology to map the medieval city of Angkor have discovered at least 74 new temples using radar imaging and other satellite data, according to the deputy director of the University of Sydney-based Greater Angkor Project.

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