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  • China's Lunar Satellite (March 19, 2007)
    According to the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence (COSTIND), China is apparently ready to launch its first lunar satellite in September and forms the first step in its three phase moon program.<More>

  • Moon Mission on Track (March 12, 2007)
    The federal government sanctioned Rs. 100 crore (USD 22 million) for the Chandrayaan-I project that will see the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch the spacecraft 100 kilometers from the Lunar orbit in March 2008.<More>

  • Moon Mission Progresses (March 05, 2007)
    With higher allocation of funds for space research, Indian space scientists have started integrating satellites for the moon mission Chandrayaan-1 which is a scientific investigation spacecraft.<More>

  • Massive Increase in China Defense Budget (March 05, 2007)
    Ahead of the National People's Congress (NPC), China revealed a new defense budget that was 17.8 per cent or USD 45 billion higher that last year raising fears in Western and neighboring capitals on its motivations.<More>

  • Japan's New Spy Satellite Network (February 27, 2007)
    With a successful launch of the last of a fleet of four reconnaissance satellites, Japan has finally managed to realize a decade of hard work aimed at creating a network of spy satellites that can focus, peer, and poke any place in the world.<More>

  • Treaty to Ban Weapons in Space (February 08, 2007)
    Responding to criticism on its recent test to destroy satellites in space, Beijing said that it was ready to work on an agreement to prevent an arms race in space.<More>

  • Aerospace Command to Protect Space Assets (January 30 , 2007)
    Responding to the Chinese satellite killer weapon, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi said that India is in the process of setting up a separate “aerospace command” to exploit outer space and also to protect “space assets.”<More>

  • Space Arming Realities, Abe Wants Cons Change (January 29, 2007)
    With new nuclear weapons state in the neighborhood and testing of anti-satellite missile by China leading to possible arming of space, is compelling Japan to reconsider changing its pacifist Constitution to protect its interests.<More>

  • Satellite recovered from sea (January 24, 2007)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-I) was a “grand success” as the capsule “gently” splashed down into the Bay of Bengal and recovered by the Coast Guard.<More>

  • China Satellite Killer Missile (January 23, 2007)
    After many wishy-washy statements, China for the first time confirmed the successful testing of a satellite killer missile but insisted that it was “peaceful development of outer space” and “opposes the arming of space and military competition in space.” <More>

  • Moon Rover Plans (January 09, 2007)
    As part of the second Chadrayan mnission in 2010-11, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to land a motorized rover on the moon to pick up samples of soil or rocks, perform chemical analysis, and beam data to mother spacecraft.<More>

  • Recoverable Sat on PSLV (December 23, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that it is preparing to launch four satellites on a single Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) in January and one of the satellites will be recoverable after a week or so in orbit.<More>

  • Success in Cryogenic Stage (November 21, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced it has successfully tested a full-fledged cryogenic stage in rocketry for 50 seconds with a thrust of 7.5 tons making it the 6th nation in the world to have achieved this feat.<More>

  • Manned Space Mission Idea Gets Boost (November 09, 2006)
    A National Consultative Meeting organized by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) saw 80 top scientists and technologists unanimously voting that India pursue the idea of manned space mission.<M

  • ISRO Floats Manned Space Mission Proposal (October 27, 2006)
    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G. Madhavan Nair apparently made a “registration of intent” to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about sending an Indian astronaut into space on a home-made capsule using an Indian launch vehicle.<More>

  • 2 Experimental Satellites from China (October 27, 2006)
    China successfully launched 2 space environment exploration satellites with a life-span of 2 years and manufactured by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and China’s DFH Satellite Co Ltd on its Long March-4B carrier rockets.<More>

  • ISRO & NASA in Moon Tie-up (May 10, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) & US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) so NASA can send 2 instruments on the Chandraayan-1 mission to the Moon. <More>

  • Russia Plans to Mine Rare Metals on Moon (June 14, 2006)
    Russia announced plans to start experiments to try mining rare earth metals and minerals from the moon that could be used in the electronics and medical equipment.<More>

  • Russia, US Compete for Lunar Helium-3 (January 30, 2006)
    Russia & the US are in a new race to built permanent bases on the moon to begin an industrial-scale delivery of the rare isotope Helium-3 by 2020. <More>

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