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ISRO launches Samwad with students to engage them on space science activities

Jan 2, 2019
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a new platform called ‘Samwad with Students’ on January 1, 2019 in Bengaluru, as part of its enhanced outreach programme. The new conversation mission aims to inspire students cutting across schools and colleges.

Gaganyaan Programme: Cabinet approves Indian Human Spaceflight Initiative; first manned flight to take place in 40 months

Dec 28, 2018
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on August 28, 2018 unveiled the details of the Gaganyaan Programme. The Gaganyaan Programme was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 72nd Independence Day speech.

Researchers discover evidence of water in 17 asteroids

Dec 20, 2018
Japanese researchers have detected evidence of water in 17 asteroids for the first time using data from the infrared satellite AKARI. The discovery is expected to contribute to the understanding of the distribution of water in our solar system, the evolution of asteroids and the origin of water on Earth.

ISRO launches communication satellite GSAT-7A

Dec 19, 2018
The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched geostationary communication satellite GSAT-7A onboard Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11. The satellite with a mission life of eight years has been built to provide communication capability to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region.

India successfully test-fires Agni-5 ballistic missile

Dec 11, 2018
The missile has been designed to hit the designated target point accurately, guided by the on-board computer with the support of a Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System, the Micro Inertial Navigation System, fully-digital control system and advanced compact avionics.

NITI Aayog launches Global Hackathon on Artificial Intelligence

Dec 8, 2018
NITI Aayog in partnership with Perlin, a Singapore-based AI start up, has launched ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’ to further expand the idea of ‘Artificial Intelligence, AI for All’ articulated in the National AI Strategy.

GSAT-11: India’s heaviest communication satellite launched successfully from French Guiana

Dec 5, 2018
The satellite will help provide satellite-based internet to remote places where cable-based internet cannot reach. The satellite, weighing 5854 kg, is the heaviest Indian-made equipment that has been put into the orbit.

SpaceX launches 64 satellites aboard reusable rocket

Dec 4, 2018
Elon Musk's SpaceX has launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying 64 small satellites into low orbit around the Earth, setting a new US record. The mission was one of the company’s largest and most complex and intricate endeavours.

Government launches Digital Sky Platform for drone registration

Dec 3, 2018
The Union Government’s Civil Aviation Regulations to enable safe flying of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems popularly referred to as drones came into effect on December 1, 2018. The Government had announced the release of the regulations in August 2018.

ISRO successfully launches HySIS satellite aboard PSLV-C43

Nov 29, 2018
The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched a hyperspectral imaging satellite, an earth observation satellite along with 30 foreign commercial satellites from Sriharikota launch centre in Andhra Pradesh.

NASA’s InSight Mars explorer lands safely on the Red Planet

Nov 27, 2018
NASA’s InSight explorer successfully touched down on Mars on November 26, after an almost seven-month journey through deep space. This is the eighth time in human history that NASA has executed a successful landing on the red planet and the first in six years.

NASA, SpaceX to launch test flight on January 7, ahead of historic crewed flight

Nov 24, 2018
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States is planning to send humans to space for the first time in eight years, in a historic flight through SpaceX Crew Dragon. The SpaceX will send its Crew Dragon capsule on its maiden voyage to the International Space Station on January 7.

26th General Conference on Weights and Measures redefines standard definition of Kg

Nov 21, 2018
The 26th CGPM was special and historic, as the members voted for the redefinition of 130-years-old “Le grand K – the SI unit of kg” in terms of the fundamental Planck’s constant (h). The new definitions will come into force on May 20, 2019.

ISRO successfully launches communication satellite GSAT-29

Nov 15, 2018
The Indian Space Research Organisation has launched the communication satellite GSAT-29 aboard ISRO’s heavy-lift rocket GSLV Mark-III. The satellite will mainly aim to increase hi-speed communication facilities in the northeast and far-flung areas of the nation.

IIT-Madras develops India’s first microprocessor ‘Shakti’

Nov 5, 2018
India’s first indigenous microprocessor, ‘Shakti’, has been designed by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) to reduce reliance on imported microprocessors in communication and defence sectors.

Researchers develop web-based tool to monitor fake news on social media

Oct 29, 2018
Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US have developed a web-based tool to monitor fake news on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Pakistan to send first manned space mission in 2022

Oct 27, 2018
Pakistan's plan to send a human to space is aimed for the same year that India plans to launch its own manned human space mission. The major difference between the two missions is that while ISRO's mission will be their own, Pakistan will do so with China's help.

China to launch its own artificial moon by 2020

Oct 23, 2018
China is planning to launch its own 'artificial moon' by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in its urban areas. The first test will be experimental and if it goes well, three more artificial moons will be launched in 2022.

ESA, JAXA send spacecraft on 7-year mission to Mercury

Oct 22, 2018
In a first-of-its-kind mission, a UK-built spacecraft will set off for Mercury to determine whether the plant, which is the closest to the Sun, contains water. The European Space Agency's (ESA) BepiColombo mission will send two orbiters to explore the planet where the surface temperatures reach about 450 degrees Celsius.

Central University of Jammu, ISRO sign MoU to set up Space Applications Center

Oct 12, 2018
The Center will help in tapping potential of Space Applications for Jammu & Kashmir in various fields like disaster management, health, education, communication, weather forecasting, land use planning, etc.

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