Team Indus

MTA, Trained4Space, Catch22s @TeamIndus

Having tried running startups all my life, and I use the word “tried” as none of them really went on to “reach the sky”.

Any startup would vouch for the classic Catch22 they face each day – without progress, you won’t get the money, to make any real progress you need the money.

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The big review weekend

This last weekend we were fortunate to have over half a dozen independent experts review our designs. The committee comprised of retired ISRO scientists, IITM...

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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.

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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Lunar transfer trajectory considerations

Lunar transfer trajectory considerationsAn efficient transfer into Lunar transfer trajectory, requires the spacecraft to be fired from the negative unit vector of where the Moon would be at the time of landing or simply from the antipode of moon’s position at expected landing time.

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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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Nikola Tesla & Silicon Valley!

The first statue in the world to offer a free Wi-Fi hotspot, a statue of Nikola Tesla will be cast in bronze in the Silicon...

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Bangalore beckons…

With the coordinates of 12deg 58' N 77deg 34' E, home to some of the biggest IT, aerospace and biotech majors in India, Bangalore or...

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A BIG quarter @TeamIndus


Rounding up a really BIG quarter with the GLXP team summit @Santiago, Chile – special thanks to our gracious host Team Angelicvm. Other than Astrobotic, most of the teams appear to be at a similar level of preparedness – happy to still have a shot at the big one :))

We managed to get the word out these past few months, and were written about a few times, some interesting reads for those you may have missed out earlier – Economic Times, First Post, Sunday Guardian, Silicon India.

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