#Isro sets #history, launches 104 #satellites in one go


  • PSLV-C37 carrying the 104 satellites lifted off from Sriharikota at 9.28am.
  • 17 minutes later, rocket started placing satellites into orbit, one by one.
  • PSLV first injected its main payload Cartosat-2 series.

India scripted a new chapter in the history of space exploration on Wednesday with the successful launch of a record 104 satellites by Isro’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in a single mission.

PSLV-C37 carrying the 104 satellites lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.28am. It was PSLV’s 39th flight.

Seventeen minutes later, the rocket started placing the satellites into orbit, one by one with a time-frame of about 11 minutes.

Out of the total 104 satellites placed in orbit, 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries. They included 96 from the US and one each from Israel, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Kazakhstan.

PSLV first injected its main payload Cartosat- 2 series, India’s indigenously built earth observation satellite. It was followed by two other nanosatellites of Isro —- INS-1A and INS-1B.

It then took less than 10 minutes for the rocket to spew out 101 passengers, which are all foreign nanosatellites, as it travelled up in altitude reaching the polar sun synchronous orbit.

Russian Space Agency held a record of launching 37 satellites in one go during its mission in June 2014. India previously launched 23 satellites in a single mission in June 2015.

Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar congratulated his team for the successful launch of 104 satellites. “My hearty congratulations to the team. The Prime Minister has conveyed his congratulations,” he said.

Expect more tons from Isro

Director, Isro Satellite Centre Mayilsamy Annadurai said, “We can also hit centuries like our cricketers. In another three months, we are planning another mission to launch 100 satellites. Besides GSLV missions, we have get Chandrayan – 2 ready for launch next year.”

Mission director B Jayakumar said the launch involved complex issues in management and maneuvering, “A great moment for each and every one of us. We have so far launched 226 satellites including 179 foreign satellites,” he said.

Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre K Sivan said it was the toughest mission they had handled. “We had to ensure they don’t collide,” he said.

“Last year we saw nine successful launches. This year began with a remarkable event. Congratulations to customers on placing confidence on Isro’s PSLV,” said director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre P Kunhikrishnan.

All about 104 s atellites

Equipped with panchromatic and multispectral cameras, the 664kg Cartosat -2 will provide remote sensing services similar to that of its predecessors.

Images from the satellite will be used for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other land information system (LIS) and geographical information system (GSI) applications.

INS-1A and INS-1B are versatile and modular nanosatellite bus system envisioned for future science and experimental payload.

Among the foreign satellites, 88 cube satellites belonged to San Francisco-based earth imaging startup Planet. With the launch, the company has increased its fleet to 143 satellites which will soon begin capturing images of the earth’s entire landmass, including India, every day.

Eight other satellites belonging to Spire Global, US, will provide services for vessel tracking and weather measurement.

The nanosatellites from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE are mostly

How to cut the #cost of being a #wedding #guest

screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-7-27-15-pmAccepting a wedding invitation is an expensive task. Take into consideration the cost of travel, clothes, wedding gifts etc and you have a sizeable amount staring at you.

And with many of us invited to several weddings a a year, finding ways to bring down these expenses becomes difficult. You’re wondering then whether you should attend a great event or stay at home and wait for the wedding pictures to be uploaded on a social media account to see what the bride’s outfit looked like. To help you out, we asked experts for their top tips on heading to a wedding for less.

Gift list check early

If you’ve received a link to a gift list that the couple have created with a certain retailer, make sure you’re one of the first to register and buy a present. The reason for this is that all of the cheapest items on the list will be snapped up first, so if you leave it too late you might have to choose between a 50-inch TV or a new mattress, rather than a kettle or some nice wine glasses.

…Go homemade

If you really must get a present for the couple, consider hand-making a little something for them. If you have each other on your social networking accounts and have access to photos of them, you could make them a photo collage of their relationship so far, with a blank space for one of their wedding pictures to go. Anything like that with a personal touch is bound to be much appreciated (as long as it doesn’t look like a four-year-old made it).

Offer to help bride and groom

If you’ve got baking skills or you can dust off your sewing machine to make some bunting, offer your services to the bride and groom as your gift to them. This will save you having to get them a gift and, if you ask them to pay for whatever materials you’d need, you’ll just be giving up your time. Aside from baking and decorations, the couple may be looking for help with photography/ videography, entertainment (if you can sing or do magic tricks, for example) and maybe the evening buffet.

Explore other accommodation

Make sure you cast your accommodation net wide when searching for somewhere to stay after the wedding. Don’t feel like you have to stay on-site at the wedding venue, because there may well be other hotels in the vicinity which are more affordable. Make sure you compare prices before booking and also consider holiday lets such as cottages and apartments too, which can be cheaper with a lot more facilities.

Book travel early

As soon as you know you’re attending, start looking at your travel options. The earlier you book, the cheaper your tickets will be; especially where trains are concerned.

Plan with other guests

Talk to other people that you know will be there — if they live nearby you can travel to and from the venue together. Everyone chipping in for a taxi or petrol will be cheaper for you than if you travel solo or as a couple. If there’s a big group, look into minibus quotes and divide the cost.

Don’t RSVP by mail

Don’t feel like you have to confirm your attendance or non-attendance by post. We know it’s only going to save you the cost of a stamp, but a text or email will suffice for this (and will be a lot less hassle too).

Recycle an outfit

Don’t be worried about wearing an outfit that you may have already worn to another wedding, even if some of the guests will be the same. If you’re that concerned, change it up a little with a different jacket, shoes or accessories and no one will notice.

Stag/hen do hijack

If you’re likely to be invited to the stag or hen party, try to have some input planning it. That way you have some control over the activities, the length of the celebration and the budget. Remember, cheaper doesn’t mean less fun and lower prices might mean more people can come.

Politely decline

If you can’t go to the wedding, whether that’s due to the expense involved or prior commitments, don’t feel too bad about it. Let the couple know at the earliest opportunity that you regretfully won’t be able to join them on their special day (they’ll appreciate knowing in plenty of time so that they can let the venue/ caterers know final numbers). It’d still be a nice touch to send them a congratulations card with a small gift, but not attending will save you a fair bit of money!

How to have the #money talk with your #partner

screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-6-40-27-pmBecause you can’t just survive on love and fresh air, here’s a primer to chatting up your partner about finances without beating around the bush!

Who needs money when there is love? Sounds very quixotic, but no matter how deeply you love your partner, let’s get real, money is crucial for survival. After the honeymoon period -doesn’t last more than six months -is over, reality sets in and life happens. It’s not always easy, especially if you are married. To avoid financial problems, couples must remove time to consider their individual money patterns and values before intermingling their financial accounts. Here are five tips about financial communication to embrace in order to have a healthy relationship with each other, and with money:

Don’t procrastinate

Don’t wait until you’re married or engaged to address concerns about spending and saving. If your girlfriend shops unnecessarily, raise the red flag now.Some people are willing to change their behaviours. If you can’t discuss these difficult topics before you decide to spend your life together, there is little chance that you’ll able to resolve them later.

Sort the spending

After you are married, don’t be childish and play the mine-and-yours game. If you must, for whatever reason, label what’s yours, what’s your partner’s, and then what is `our’ money. Decide how to share joint expenses (home rent, grocery bills, maid’s salary, joint vacations) and then allow each person to spend the leftovers as they fancy.

What you could do is agree on a set amount over for purchase. Little purchases can add up to plenty of money but everyone deserves the respect and freedom to spend their money as they see fit even if you disa gree. So if the wife likes to pamper herself at the spa, don’t stop her. Likewise, if the husband enjoys spending his extra money on Playstation games, let him.

Don’t keep unreal expectations

Bitter fights occur when we negatively view our partner’s behaviour, and create expectations that are not required. If your husband’s salary barely covers the home expense, why would you wish he gifts you an expensive holiday on your birthday? Try to open your mind. Go work for it, yourself, and gift him one, instead. Be appreciative of what you have and learn to work for things that matter the most to you. Seeing your drive, perhaps, your partner may be inspired too. Focus on the balance you bring into each other’s lives.

Figure out your values

Most fights happen over `what we’re spending on’ than `how much we’re spending’.

If you find that your values are completely off sync, finding a harmonious financial relationship is much more difficult. The reason is that values aren’t good or bad. You can’t always debate or rationalise someone’s values. When your values contradict, things can get challenging. If you care about the same things even if your spending patterns differ, it’s easier to allocate your shared financial resources.

Ask important questions

Much time and energy goes into trying to change what we can’t control: other people.You may be able to influence someone else -but all the time not. We can only control ourselves. Money is one of the important areas a couple needs to navigate. Don’t let romantic idealism over ride your values in the area of personal finance, and recognise that communication is the starting place for working through these issues. So gather courage, go head and talk.

#Spice up your #marriage even after #kids

screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-5-29-27-pmIt is possible to keep the spark alive in your marriage even with kids and this is how you can quit letting your kids kill your marriage.

Put your relationship first even before kids

Marriage is the backbone of happy family life. When it comes to building a healthy relationship with the spouse it is important that you reciprocate to your partner’s love and affection. Do not forget to give your spouse a kiss when he /she comes back home after a hard day. It will make your partner feel special.

Date night after kid’s bed time

One doesn’t need to leave the house to date her spouse especially when babysitters are expensive. Parents can have a date night even at home after the kids go to bed. Shivani Sardesai, mother of two kids says, “We choose Friday nights for having fun together. We generally watch a movie together by munching pop corns and chips and our mind is also completely at peace because we are not ignoring the kids and at the same time we are catching up with some romance as a couple.”

Don’t dictate to dad how to spend time with kids

In a child’s life moms and dads have very different roles to play. It is generally seen that mom is a nurturer and dad is a fun companion who loves to play a game of chess with kids even when they have exams the next day. Even though a mother’s ways are generally safer, it is a lot better to say, “I trust you and love you to do it your way.”

Appreciate each other

Growing up isn’t fun and being a parent is all the more difficult. Paying the bill, cleaning the house, cooking for the family, making the kids do their home work takes away a lot of time and energy. It is important to thank each other for their contribution to the family. Everybody likes to be appreciated for their hard work and running the house is not an easy job.

Commit to physical intimacy

Sex is the physical expression of emotional love. Marriage counselor and a mother, Ronita Ray says, “Sex is the main reason that can keep the marriage alive and it is never hard to find a reason as to not make love, since we all know that sex makes babies. So just find time for each other.”

Remember, that you are husband and wife before mom and dad

Before you have kids having fun as a couple in each other’s company becomes the happiest thing in your life. But after having a kid, co-parenting becomes the single most important job and that’s absolutely natural. But don’t forget that you have to work a little harder to maintain your connection as a couple. Doing an activity together will give you the intimacy in your relationship. Play tennis together or go for a picnic or a long walk together. Chuck the phone and have a heart to heart conversation.

Picture him as the handsome guy that you once dated

He is your kid’s father and husband now, but at one point of time he was the person with whom you were head-over-heels in love with. Psychologist, Radhika Dixit says, “Be positive in your relationship. Never allow your relationship to fade away with time. List those positive qualities in your spouse that you once loved so much.”

Have your own life

Don’t forget that you are an individual. Family and couple -time are important, but don’t forget to give up on things that make you feel happy. Emotion is a contagious thing, but it is important to improve your own emotional quotient so that it has its effect on the whole family. So it is time to re-visit those places that made you feel happy like going for a yoga class, sitting in the library for some time, going out with your group of friends who makes you feel happy and a spa treatment. “It is only when you are happy that you can keep your family happy.