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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it plans to launch a full-fledged niche Earth observation (EO) satellite — called the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite or HySIS.
A new set of future satellites called hyperspectral imaging satellites is set to add teeth to the way India is gleaned from about 600 km in space.
There is no specific time-frame yet for its launch, an ISRO spokesman said, adding that meanwhile, the new chip, technically called an “optical imaging detector array,” that they have created for it would be tested and perfected.
Hyperspectral or hyspex imaging is said to be an EO trend that is being experimented globally. Adding a new dimension to plain-vanilla optical images, it can be used for a range of activities from monitoring the environment, crops, looking for oil and minerals all the way up to military surveillance.
Upendra Kushwaha, Minister of State, Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched the NCERT’s Web portal for supply of textbooks to schools and individuals in New Delhi.
The portal will ensure better distribution of textbooks across the country and will also address the apprehensions, on the part of schools and parents, regarding unavailability of National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) textbooks, said a statement from the ministry.
The schools will be able to log on to the portal, by entering their respective Boards’ affiliation numbers and other details, till 8th September 2017 for placing their orders for the session 2018-19.
Microsoft is going to help the government of Telangana use artificial intelligence to provide eye care screening for children in the State
As part of the agreement, Microsoft’s cloud based machine learning eye care screening Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE) will align with the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram programme under the National Health Mission.
MINE is a global consortium of eye care providers, research and academic institutions that will apply artificial intelligence to help in eye care delivery.
Microsoft system can predict whether a lasik, cataract or other surgery is going to be successful for a given patient or not. It is now also able to predict how a patient’s refractive error is going to progress over time.
India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility, a joint venture between the $2.5 billion Kalyani Group and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., was inaugurated near Hyderabad
To begin with, the Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) plant will make anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) Spike and the production is expected to begin in a few weeks, Kalyani Group chairman Baba N. Kalyani said. Besides supplying to the Indian Army, the plan is to export to South East Asian countries.
Formed in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Centre and the policy to encourage private sector participation in defence production, the 51:49 joint venture will develop a wide range of advanced capabilities.
These include command control and guidance, electro-optics, remote weapon systems, precision guided munitions and system engineering for system integration. The plant would employ more than 300 engineers and provide indirect employment to 1,000 people.
The first Israeli satellite for environmental research was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
The satellite is a joint effort by the Israel Space Agency, under the aegis of the Science and Technology Ministry, and the French Space Agency (CNES) and was built in Israel by Israel Aerospace Industries.
It is considered the smallest satellite of its kind in the world, and is built to survey and monitor large areas to study soil, vegetation, forests, agriculture, water and air quality and other aspects of the environment.
The satellite, which weighs only 265 kilograms and was launched on a Vega platform, was dubbed Venus, an acrostic that stands for Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New (µ) Micro-Satellite.
Google’s Internet Saathi programme reaches 100,000 villages in India which was launched as a pilot in Rajasthan in July 2015 along with Tata Trusts.
American Internet giant, Google India said that it has reached a milestone of 100,000 villages with its Internet Saathi programme which was launched as a pilot in Rajasthan in July 2015 along with Tata Trusts.
Google will also be expanding the program in two new states – Haryana and Bihar.
Live in ten states in India, 25,000 fully trained Internet Saathis are working everyday across these villages to help women and children learn about the Internet. In total, over 10 million women have gained from the programme.
Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) discovers precious metals in Indian waters near Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep
Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered the presence of millions of tons of precious metals in Indian waters near Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep.
Indian astronomers discover supercluster of galaxies, he named it ‘Saraswati’
In a significant discovery, a team of Indian astronomers have identified a previously unknown, extremely large supercluster of galaxies located in the direction of constellation Pisces.
The supercluster of 43 galaxies, which they named “Saraswati”, is one of the largest known structures in the nearby universe, and is 4 billion light years away from us and may contain the mass equivalent of over 20 million billion suns
The Saraswati supercluster, for instance, extends over a scale of 600 million light years.
The Milky Way, the galaxy we are in, is part of a supercluster called the Laniakea Supercluster, announced in 2014 by Brent Tully at the University of Hawaii and collaborators.
Union minister for earth sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Kerala’s first doppler radar in Kochi with support of ISRO scientists and Bharat Electronics.
This was among the 27 radars being installed in the country and all of them are 100 percent indigenous developed with support of ISRO scientists and Bharat Electronics.
The last five Chirapunji, Bhuj, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi are examples of Make in India products. The next in the series are Gopalpur and Sriharikota
The IMD as part of modernising its observational network is replacing its old and conventional radar by the state of art S-band Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) in a phased manner at different locations all over the country.
Astronomers discover smallest star known in our galaxy called EBLM J0555-57Ab — its is located about 600 light-years from Earth and can be seen from the Southern Hemisphere
Astronomers searching for exoplanets, which orbit other stars, came across the star in one of their surveys.
This is part of the team that discovered the TRAPPIST-1 system, another small and dim star that has seven planets, three of which hold the best chance for finding life outside our solar system, something that Triaud, who is a senior researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, still believes to be true.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for establishing Intelsat satellite to orbit supporting wireless communications.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rumbled into the sky Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, flexing the rocket’s muscles and lofting a massive Intelsat satellite to orbit supporting wireless communications, television broadcasting and trans-Atlantic data relays.
The nine-engine first stage shut down less than three minutes after liftoff, and the booster dropped away with the help of pneumatic pushers for a destructive plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX’s Dragon returned to earth from International Space Station (ISS) with the Chinese Experiment.
SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS), bringing back the first Chinese experiment ever to visit the orbiting laboratory.
The unmanned spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 8:12am EDT (5:42pm IST) – about five hours after leaving the space station. It wrapped up SpaceX’s 11th contracted cargo re-supply mission for the US space agency NASA.
Dragon is returning more than 1,860kg of cargo, including science samples from human and animal research, biotechnology studies, physical science investigations and education activities.
NASA is developing first asteroid deflection mission by the name The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) to protect the planet from potential cosmic body impacts in the future
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) — which is being designed and would be built and managed by the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory — is moving from concept development to preliminary design phase.
DART would be NASA’s first mission to demonstrate what’s known as the kinetic impactor technique — striking the asteroid to shift its orbit — to defend against a potential future asteroid impact.
ISRO launched latest communication satellite GSAT-17 from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched on 29th of June 2017 around 2.00 am by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
The satellite carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.
The launch of GSAT-17 will be the third satellite launch by ISRO this month, the other two being the first developmental flight of GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions, both from Sriharikota spaceport.
Government launches VAJRA scheme to attract Indian scientists abroad for conducting joint researches in India.
In a bid to bring together the Indian scientists abroad and India-based researchers for conducting joint researches in India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched a scheme named ‘Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty’ (VAJRA).
The endowments for faculties would be US $15,000 in the first month of residency and US $10,000, for the remaining months, said Harsh Vardhan, adding that the central government had been stressing upon converting brain-drain into brain-gain.
NASA tests flexible solar array (Roll-Out Solar Array) on space station that could one day power satellites and spacecraft
NASA is testing for the first time the effectiveness of a flexible solar array on space station that could one day power satellites and spacecraft.
The Roll-Out Solar Array, or ROSA, an advanced, flexible solar array that rolls out like a tape measure “can be easily adapted to different sizes, including very large arrays, to provide power for a variety of future spacecraft.
It also has the potential to make solar arrays more compact and lighter weight for satellite radio and television, weather forecasting, GPS and other services used on the Earth.
Nasa launches world’s lightest satellite designed by 18-year-old TN student named after Abdul Kalam.
India once again broke a global space record by launching the world’s lightest satellite weighing a mere 64 grams, called Kalamsat, designed and developed not by professional space scientists and engineers, but by 18-year-old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team.
The tiny satellite, named after Abdul Kalam, was flown by a Nasa sounding rocket and the lift-off was from the space agency’s Wallop Island facility around 3pm (IST).