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Long March 7: Ice Arrow

The Chinese space agency has lofty plans for the future and their new workhorse, Long March 7, features predominantly in them. As Wang Xiaojun sat at his table exhausted by the day’s efforts at China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), his eyes were drawn to the plaque with his name on it. Below his […]

GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle): The Untamable Beast

8th May 2013. Launchpad Two. It was 11:25 in the morning at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The ISRO team was on the edge of their seats with anxiety. The last time they had launched the GSLV, 2 years back, ended up being a partial failure. There was no room for error here […]

Shavit: The Israeli Wonder Comet

Israel’s geopolitical history notwithstanding, the country’s space agency has had many successful space missions, all thanks to their wonder comet, The Shavit! Israel’s space dreams were conceived in the hallowed halls of Tel Aviv University in early 1960s. The National Committee for Space Research (NCSR) was formed by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities […]

Delta IV – The Big Sam

Among America’s illustrious line up of powerful rockets, is their workhorse, the Delta IV Like everything else for the Americans, the bigger it is, the better. The same hold true for their rockets as well. So, when time came for the successor to their Thor range of rockets, they settled on the powerful fourth upper […]