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Reviews, alliances & moving to Bangalore @2013-Q2

We are moving...A quarter spent on getting some of our industry alliances in place, moving to a new city and then some.

Updates
We moved to Bangalore, with the resolution that our next move will be to SHAR :))

We conducted 2 technical reviews this quarter, and we have reason to believe we are one review away from getting done with PDR, it has been a while in the making, appears within sight now.

We had the opportunity to meet with and present our case to some leading academic institutes and their response has been enthusiastic to say the least. IITM, IIITB, Tezpur University – thank you for agreeing to be part of our engineering effort.

Team @Shashtra-2014 thank you for all your hard work, we are excited for an opportunity to support your year-long program to identify closet space scientists in India – this should be fun!

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Launch considerations @SHAR

Launch considerations @SHARWe are going to run a short series of posts on launch considerations, lunar trajectory, landing site and then some.

Our launch provider was pre-selected for us – ISRO’s PSLV!

For PSLV Satish Dhawan Space Center’s (SHAR) launch pad at Sriharikota as the designated launch station. Launch vehicle ascent trajectories are designed to ensure none of the spent launch vehicle articles fall on populated areas / landmasses. Which is the reason all launch pads are on a sea coast, the outer boundaries of such an ascent trajectory, typically, over the sea define the ‘Range Safety’ region. This restricts the allowable inclinations of any planned launch. In case the payload to be launched requires an inclination outside this region, the launch vehicle continues down the range safety region, gains altitude then makes a yaw maneuver or a plane change before inserting the payload into required inclination.

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As the earth moves away…

“It is not the Moon that’s coming closer which excited us but the Earth that is moving away. We might go any farther but we keep looking at our home land.”
~ Apollo Mission

Exposure conditions for Earth viewing? What are the ideal conditions for Earth-viewing? How can one take a photograph of Earth?

As we gear up to goto the moon, it is natural for us to plan to photograph our home, some high level considerations presented here:

As the earth moves away…

 

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Information is Power – A Tribute to Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013)

Aaron Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013)

 

His last tweet was a witty answer, apparently a gag at the state of the US economy. His personal blog was called Raw Thought, the last entry of which was a comprehensive analysis of the plot of The Dark Knight.It was a vivid account of the plot which made it possible for even those who hadn’t watched the movie – to easily visualize every scene after reading it. For those who did not know about Aaron Swartz until his tragic death came to light recently, it was a revelation of sorts. The world has lost a great man in Aaron Swartz who understood the full potential of the internet and dedicated his, unfortunately, short yet eventful life for maintaining its freedom. This post is a tribute in his memory and talks about some of his life’s key events and struggles.

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Landing Site Analysis – Mark Your X?

A very happy new year 2013 to everyone!

Continuing on what it takes to get to the moon – by the time you have managed your path and energies associated with getting closer to the moon – you would likely be moving at a pretty significant velocity anywhere between 2000-3000 meters/sec. Figuring out how to “slow down” before you “get to” the lunar surface is what is defined in the Descent profile of a mission. Typical descent profiles last anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes and this has a significant bearing on the “success of the mission”. Another GLXP team defines the 3 key aspects to a moon mission as: landing, landing & landing – that should put into perspective the significance of this phase 🙂

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