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China launches two navigation satellites into space

Jan 13, 2018
China successfully launched two BeiDou-3 satellites to provide navigation and positioning services to countries along the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) by the end of 2018. The BDS is being built as rival to US Global Positioning System (GPS). It consists of two separate satellite constellations; a limited test system that has been operating since 2000, and a full-scale global navigation system that is currently under construction. The March-3B carrier rocket took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the south western province of Sichuan.

ISRO launches 31 satellites along with Cartosat-2

Jan 12, 2018
The 320-tonne rocket will place the satellites one-by-one and deploy them into the earth's lower orbit. The entire lift-off process along with the process of placing the satellites in two orbits will take the satellite 2 hours and 21 minutes. It will be the longest flight time of the PSLV C40.

India begins countdown to launch 31 satellites

Jan 11, 2018
The total weight of all 31 satellites is 1323 kg. The entire launch of satellites is expected to happen over a period of 2 hours and 21 seconds. The 28 international customer satellites will be launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm 'Antrix Corporation Ltd'.

India gets its first supercomputer 'Pratyush'

Jan 9, 2018
Union Minister of Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan dedicated to India, the nation’s first and fastest multi-petaflops supercomputer at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in Pune on 8 January 2017.

SpaceX launches Secret Zuma Mission for US Government

Jan 8, 2018
The Zuma mission was originally supposed to be launched in mid-November 2017, but was postponed so that the SpaceX could take a closer look at potential problems with the payload-fairing or the nose cone part of the rocket that protects the payload.

NASA to launch GOLD, ICON Missions to explore nearest space

Jan 6, 2018
The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will be launched aboard a commercial communications satellite in January 2018 itself, while the other mission Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will be launched later in 2018. Both the missions will also measure how upper atmosphere changes in response to hurricanes and geomagnetic storms.

NASA's new telescope to solve universe’s greatest mysteries

Dec 28, 2017
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, is planning to launch a next-generation space telescope that will provide the largest picture of the universe ever seen, with the same depth and clarity as the Hubble Space Telescope.

President inaugurates Andhra Pradesh Fiber Grid Project

Dec 28, 2017
The Andhra Pradesh Fiber Grid Project was inaugurated by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind at Velagapudi, Amaravathy. The project, initiated by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, aims to expand high-speed internet facility in the state.

Atal Innovation Mission selects additional 1500 schools for setting up of ATLs

Dec 26, 2017
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the Union government’s flagship program to promote innovation and entrepreneurship nationwide in schools, universities and industry, has selected additional 1500 Schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs).

China launches land exploration satellite

Dec 24, 2017
China has launched a land exploration satellite into a preset orbit for remote sensing operations. The satellite launch was conducted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert, northwest China's Gansu Province during early morning hours.

NASA spots eighth planet Kepler-90i in Solar System

Dec 15, 2017
The newly-discovered planet Kepler-90i was discovered in data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. It was found using Machine Learning from Google. Machine learning is an approach towards artificial intelligence in which computers learn. In this case, computers learned to identify planets by finding the instances in the Kepler data where the telescope recorded signals from exoplanets, planets beyond our solar system.

Boeing to manufacture and assemble aircraft components near Bengaluru

Dec 13, 2017
The state government of Karnataka has approved global aerospace major Boeing’s proposal to set up an engineering and technology facility with electronics and avionics manufacturing and assembly on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Government sets up first NIC-CERT centre to prevent, predict cyber attacks

Dec 12, 2017
The first NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology was inaugurated by Law and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The centre would help predict and prevent cyber attacks on government utilities.

NASA's SuperTIGER Balloon to study Heavy Cosmic Particles

Dec 8, 2017
The most common cosmic ray particles are protons or hydrogen nuclei, making up roughly 90 per cent of the particles, followed by helium nuclei (8 per cent) and electrons (1 per cent). The remainder cosmic ray particles contain the nuclei of other elements.

India successfully tests surface to air missile ‘AKASH’

Dec 6, 2017
India conducted successful test launch of surface to air missile ‘AKASH’ with indigenous radio frequency seeker on 5 December 2017. The missile was launched from Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur.

Microbes found on ISS resembles homes on Earth: Study

Dec 6, 2017
According to researchers, The International Space Station (ISS) has a 'very different’ community of microbes that are more similar to that of homes than of humans. The conclusion came from Project MERCCURI, a citizen science project that analysed bacteria found on 15 locations on the International Space Station and compared them with samples from homes on Earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project.

Jupiter’s Moon may have similar plate tectonics as Earth

Dec 5, 2017
According to a new research, the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa may have plate tectonics similar to those on Earth, which could have important implications for the possibility of life in the ocean thought to exist beneath the moon's surface.

Researchers discover 300 fossilised pterosaur eggs

Dec 3, 2017
A team of Paleontologists have announced the discovery of hundreds of fossilised eggs laid by Pterosaurs, a group of extinct winged dinosaurs. The discovery, world’s first, has unveiled as many as 300 fossilised eggs and skeletons of pterosaurs.

Pluto may have liquid water oceans, suggests NASA study

Dec 2, 2017
According to a new NASA study, some of the icy worlds outside our solar system including Pluto may have liquid water oceans beneath their surface. The study stated that the heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of these large icy worlds.

Scientists use algorithm to track whale sharks

Nov 30, 2017
Australian marine scientists have made the use of an algorithm, which was developed by NASA to study star charts, in order to track and identify whale sharks. The extensive international research project t by Murdoch University applied the technology developed by NASA to examine the distinctive spots that appear on whale sharks.

Defence Ministry approves procurement of 260 naval communication sets

Nov 30, 2017
The Union Ministry of Defence has approved procurement of 260 Software Defined Radios (SDR) for the Indian Navy. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The DAC is defence ministry’s highest decision making body on procurement.

ISRO to launch Aditya L-1 Mission to study the Sun in 2019

Nov 27, 2017
The mission will provide observations of Sun's Photosphere (soft and hard X-ray), Chromosphere (UV) and corona (Visible and NIR). The particle payloads will study particle flux emanating from the Sun and reaching the L1 orbit and magnetometer payload will measure the variation in magnetic field strength at the halo orbit.

New study discovers that ‘flowing water’ on Mars may be sand and dust

Nov 22, 2017
According to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, dark features earlier thought to be evidence of liquid water flowing on Mars may actually be granular flows comprising sand and dust.

International Seminar on Indian Space Programme inaugurated in Delhi

Nov 21, 2017
The International Seminar on Indian Space Programme: ‘Trends and Opportunities for Industry’ was inaugurated in New Delhi. The main objective of the two-day conference was to deliberate on the best practises and pursue ongoing discussion process to support further work of India's Space Sector.

NASA launches advanced satellite to improve weather forecast

Nov 20, 2017
NASA has successfully launched a highly advanced polar-orbiting satellite to improve weather forecasts for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Oldest evidence of life discovered in Australia

Nov 17, 2017
Researchers have discovered rare, living specimens of stromatolites, the oldest evidence of life on Earth, deep within a remote and protected World Heritage Area in Australia. The discovery was made by a group of researchers including those from the University of Tasmania in Australia.

Astronomers discover a pair of rare massive, hyper-luminous galaxies

Nov 15, 2017
Astronomers have for the first time spotted two hyper-luminous starburst galaxies, extremely bright and spectacularly massive galaxies, in the early universe.

Researchers develop new material that generates electricity when stretched

Nov 13, 2017
Researchers have developed a thin, flexible material that generates electricity when stretched or compressed. The specially designed rubber is able to convert mechanical movements into electrical charges.

Union Government set to launch BharatNet phase 2 project

Nov 13, 2017
The Union Government would be launching its second and final phase of BharatNet project to provide high-speed broadband service in all Gram Panchayats by March 2019. It will be implemented at an outlay of around Rs 34000 crores.

Heat source under Antarctica melting its ice sheet, reports NASA study

Nov 9, 2017
A new study by NASA reveals that a geothermal heat source called a ‘mantle plume’ lies deep below West Antarctica, which explains some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under the ice sheet.

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