Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Shakti (Ardiden 1H) engine

Shakti is a turbo-shaft helicopter engine jointly developed by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd), India and Turbomeca, France. Shakti has been developed to power the Dhruv helicopters. Dhruv is an ALH( Advanced Light Helicopter) developed by HAL. Shakti offers 900kW takeoff power (30% more compared to Turbomeca 332-2B2, currently employed with Dhruv).Shakti is designed to retain full performance while operating at high altitudes and high temperatures. At present Turbomeca is mainly responsible for the development and manufacturing of the engine assemblies. But gradually HAL will start assembling the engines in India with Turbomeca supplying the kits.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

W2M satellite has been launched

Today W2M satellite has been launched from Kourou spaceport, French Guiana. The satellite has been built by ISRO for the European satellite operator(Eutelsat) for 80 million USD. W2M is a communication satellite and it carries 32 Ku-band transponders for telecommunications and broadcasting services over Europe, Middle East and North Africa. It weighs 3462 kg and is the heaviest developed by ISRO.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Resources for Aerospace Evangelists

Aerospace America: A monthly publication from AIAA.
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design (AMD)

Russia to send an ISRO scientist in a manned space mission

ISRO is planning for a manned space mission from Sriharikota between 2014 and 2015.
Before that Russia will send an ISRO scientist to space around 2013. The person chosen will be a scientist from ISRO. He will undergo training at Star City near Moscow. The manned space mission will give ISRO insight into manned space missions.
ISRO is also planning for a manned flight to moon around 2020.
Rakesh Sharma is the first cosmonaut of India. He had been to space in a Russian space flight.
Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams(citizens of US and people of Indian origin) had been to space in NASA space missions.