Month: May 2010

Navy upbeat on Gorshkov upgrade

The Indian Navy is satisfied with the upgrade work of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, that it is expected to acquire by the end of 2012. The Controller, Warship Production of the Indian Navy, Vice Admiral NN Kumar visited Russia earlier this month and surveyed the upgrade process of the carrier that is currently underway.

Army follows up on light tanks

The Indian Army is moving to firm up the criteria for a possible Request For Proposal for light tanks. Significantly, the Army is to issue a supplementary Request For Information (RFI) asking for more information on light tanks, following up on an initial RFI that was issued in October last year.

Int’l Space Station: Science Unchained

StratPost managed a conversation with the Chief Scientist for the International Space Station program at NASA, Dr. Julie Robinson, just before the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center, who explained the range of work being done on the ISS and how that work would continue despite the imminent end of the space shuttle program this year.

Boeing moves towards mother ships for UAVs

Boeing is working on a program to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with manned aircraft, to enable the latter to control and direct them in the air and increase the scope of ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) sensory inputs.
While so far, Boeing’s Apache combat helicopters have displayed the ability to control a single UAV, the company has multiplied the scope of the same system to enable larger aircraft like the family of 737 AEW&C Wedgetail and P8 to control multiple UAVs.

Atlantis on its last flight

The space shuttle Atlantis took off today on its last mission, manned by six crew members carrying cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), for the 11th time. The 12-day mission will be delivering a Russian Mini Research Module that will provide additional storage space and a new docking port for the Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft.

First person: The final countdown

The engines pounded away into your correspondent’s chest, as he watched the brilliant flame that pushed the shuttle from the launch pad, at a distance of almost four miles from the press site observation area, into the clear skies above and beyond in a matter of a few seconds, and into Low Earth Orbit in barely four or five minutes.

Boeing offers systems for India manned space flight

Boeing Defense, Space and Security has offered India crucial human support systems for the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) planned manned mission to space in 2015. The systems on offer include a Launch Escape System, Vehicle Monitoring System and Abort Trigger, Life Support System, Environmental Controlling System and systems for CO2 (Carbon dioxide) removal and humidity control.