Insat Launch

Following yesterday's delay, InSat has been launched and is looking good. This story appears in many places online.

ISRO has just awarded two more launch contracts as a result.

Interestingly, India has it's own launch vehicle programme, yet it is relying on other agencies for it's recent launches, and is in talks with Lockheed. India has launched it's own satellites before, and is looking to enter the commercial launcher market.

Ariane Launch Delayed

Due to technical difficulties, the launch of Insat, an Indian Satellite, has been postponed due to problems with the telemetry.

ISRO was to launch Insat-3A on Ariane-5, of the ESA

Both ISRO and ESA have webpages, and ESA have just issued a media invitation about their imminent mission to mars, the Mars Express.

Mars Express is so called as in August the Earth and Mars will be in perihelic opposition. The mission will involve landing the Beagle 2 on the surface of the planet.

Personally, I'm quite fond of the Ariane series of rockets used by the ESA, they're vaguely reminiscent of something I've seen before....