Skip to main content

Corona and Medical Advice Dilemma - Do we know someone who knows?

One of the major challenges of Corona Pandemic is that one always feels the need to get informed advice on various aspects of preventive care from it. While the Covid vaccines are sometime away, what does one do, if we feel some anxiety about any other ailment that requires medical advice? Fortunately, we have Ayurveda and other forms of wellness advice to look at. Dr Pankaj Chansarkar is an accomplished Ayurveda Specialist, Holistic Healing and Wellness Coach, who is just a video call away.

ISRO Chandrayan landing on the moon indeed?

The newspapers, television and radio are screaming- Indian Space Programme goes commercial and likes. Indeed, after decades of research, our scientists are all set to do a commercial launch- a 309 kg Italian satellite would be lobbed into a polar orbit this afternoon on board a PSLV rocket. This is a low orbit satellite would find its position somewhere 300 kms above the ground and orbit earth every 90 minutes or so.
Communication satellites of any real worth - running communication channels and costing megabucks - operate in geo stationary orbit at about 36000 kms, and they must be transported to 8000 kms by rockets.These satellites weigh 3-4 tonnes.This is where the real money is. The US space programme and Arianne rockets compete heavily in this commercial space. China and Japan have their own programmes and at least China does not outsource the launches though not sure about Japan. India's own GSLV is far from ready, even after burning time and money and couple of Russian engines to tow.Apollo 11 took four days to reach moon. That was 1969. We are in 2007. Indian geostationary satellites are still launched from Arianne rockets.
And now hear this.
In 2008, they want to launch a mission to moon, called Chandrayan - 1. Dreams are alright but should our feet not be on the ground?Should painful truth not be confronted for better results? My thoughts.

Updated Nov 20, 2008: You may want to read my recent post on Chandrayaan success.

Helpful links: ISRO website

Comments

Anonymous said…
i think you lack knowlede and you talk like a kid ! the sattelite was placed in a unique orbit that is defficult to achieve , and india charged premium rated of 29,000 $ per kg and the contract was won through tender , there isro beat respected names . india has come up with its own cryogenic engine offcourse we don't have capacity to put 4/5 ton satellite in GEO orbit but we can put upto 2000kg sattelite . but in the coming versions of gslv u will see india puting 4/5 tone satellites into space . mind it only US n russia space prog is independent . many european countries contributes in ariane . offcourse it was a great day for isro and india , it was the starting of commercialization of isro .
Rajesh Kumar said…
@ Anonymous a.k.a Mr Knowledge a.k.a Mr Grown up: Are you shy of associating your name with your opinion? Do not think there is a need.
You say: Satellite was placed in a unique orbit which is difficult to achieve - Did I write otherwise?
You say: ISRO beat respected names - Did I write otherwise?
You say: we can put 2000 satellite in GEO orbit.For our knowledge Can you please name the satellite, is it INSAT what? And how many times has this success been repeated
You say:US and Russia programme is independent- Independent of what, pray?
It is common knowledge that while India's satellite production capabilities are well proven, orbit delivery is something we need to work on.
All said, if Chandrayaan makes to Chandrama, I would be as happy as anyone else
Please refrain from personal comments. Generally such comments are not published but in the interest of a debate this is going ahead.
Anonymous said…
"the sattelite was placed in a unique orbit that is defficult to achieve"

LMAO! Can we get some figures instead of adjectives here? WTF made it "unique" and "defficult"?
Anonymous said…
Hii, Rajesh and the other person, this is Chandana, and doing my Btech and I would like to know about Chandrayan but couldn't understand well about it, my doubt is that,
" Is chandrayan the mission in which first Indians are going to ne launched like Neil Armstrong or else is it just a satellite for its research about the moon "
Hope my doubt would be cleared with ur answers and really I didn't understood ur debate.......
Unknown said…
Hi this is Md.Rameez, i have been associated with isro indirectly though...frankly ur article belittles isro's achievement...and i stand by that anonymous comment that u lack knowledge...ISRO has bagged 2 satellite cotracts to make satellites for respected firms like EADS...all contracts isro has won r through competition...what isro has achieved in all these years others can only dream of...chandrayaan is on track and will launch very soon.
Anonymous said…
Dear Rajesh Kumar,

'Tonight is your answer!'.... heard that somewhere before? :-)

Watch the achievement tonight!

(Nothing personal dude..)

B Manoj, Chennai.
Anonymous said…
"Dreams are alright but should our feet not be on the ground?" ..

answer today is "yes" our feet were on ground and dreams were also alright.
Vaibhav said…
Hi

Its nice to see that the Chandrayaan is a Thing that is current, either in origin or in thought, and provokes us all :)

Well there have always been fingers raised regarding anything whatsoever that is INDIAN, and almost always we reply in fashion.
(btw, India beat Aus 2-0 ;)

Coming to Chandrayaan, for sure it was a project which was under much scrutiny, and now its finally on the moon.Moreover, ISRO apart from a few failures, has performed well and is the most banked up on Space Agency for Launches.

Heaving said that Indian Space Industry still needs to improve leaps and bounds(esp. in HEO satellites) , but by keeping in mind the funding which we get (both monetary and technical) as compared to other Countries I don't think its a time to worry...

So, let us rejoice and Wish Chandrayaan 2, best of luck :)
Radhakrishnan said…
Hi All...This is Radhakrishnan doing my masters at IIT ....This reply is to Rajesh.(though it happens after a year i feel it is necessary)...Indians like u r always interested in criticising and ppl like u r not even worth a penny....if u think u have rights to criticize better prove it wrong with ur duely submitted technical report..i think ISRO has asked for these technical reports way back from 2004. !!! rather than bluffing with ur half baked knowledge...try to think why ur point is correct....... and try to produce Results rather than bluffing!!!..Thanks..Radhakrishnan.S

Popular posts from this blog

FINALLY, WHO WON GOOGLE WORDMASTERS CONTEST?

Google organized Wordmasters Challenge in several cities in India recently (30th September,2006). Word is that close to 3000 people participated in this event.
(See Harshad's report on the event here) The winners are supposed to be declared today.Wonder who won it and what did the winning entries look like. Does anyone have a clue on this?

Updated:Nov 9 , 2006:I just decided to send a self-addressed-stamped envelope to Google. If and when I get a response, I will update this post.

Updated:Nov 16 , 2006: One week and no response received. Yes, a self-addressed stamped envelope with a covering note was indeed sent to Google's Bangalore office on the address specified in the event leaflet. Snailmailed on 9th Nov. So much for the mission to organise the world's information and make it accessible to everyone :)

Updated: Nov 29, 2006: I did send a second letter to Google, this time by courier, assuming the previous postal mail failed to reach them. The contents of my letter to Googl…

TOI Chennai Launch - How would the Hindu react?

Of course this post is speculative in nature but then isn't that the case with lot of things :)

The question is, how will market leader the Hindu react to the Times of India's proposed launch in Chennai:

Do nothing, no one can shake me - 0% probability.
Do nothing on the surface, work on the distribution control - 10 % probability.Start outdoors before the TOI does, buy hoarding spaces - moderate probability.Go for a drastic price cut and start a price war - almost certain to happen ( Do remember price positioning is not good but then you just lost the chance)Make the paper better - which means not saying a leading star hotel in Nungambakkam but saying Taj Coromandal instead- 10 % probability.Start publishing more color photos- 50 % probability.
In all we would be keen to watch whether the Hindu would adopt a defensive strategy and try to save the turf or a very aggressive strategy and try to kill the new edition of the TOI. And how about no strategy as a strategy?

Humour:A conversation between Presidents Kalam and Musharraf that never happened

(Indian President A.P.J Abdul Kalam invited President Musharraf of Pakistan to a meeting. For good measure he suggested the meeting be organized over video-conference. Since Aiwan-e-Sadr did not have VC facilities. Bush bailed him once again and Musharraf took a flight to DC to take the VC from the White House)
It was 6:30 PM IST, which was 9 AM EST.

Kalam: Good morning Your Excellency.

Musharraf: Good morning President (Musharraf forgot the time difference). Kashmir…..(cut short by Kalam)

Kalam: Yes, Kashmir. Few minutes back I was in the herbal garden of Rashtrapati Bhawan, where we have some of the herbs especially brought from Kashmir. The ancient science of Ayurveda, emphasized a lot on the importance of herbs in our life. They give you vitality(pauses and sips something, which he emphasizes is Kashmiri drink Kehwa, organically grown). Infact, you must take a pledge that you would only consume herbal products. I have a pledge for you(picks up a card next to him but is cut short by M…