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Communication satellite GSAT-17 launched from French Guiana

GSAT-17, the country’s newly launched communication satellite, will soon join the fleet of 17 working Indian communication satellites in space and augment their overall capacity to some extent.  The 3,477-kg spacecraft was released into a temporary orbit in space as planned at 2.45 a.m. [a.m.] IST about 39 minutes after launch from the European space port of Kourou in […]

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Mahindra Aerospace 10-Seat Turboprop Receives FAA, CASA Certification

Mahindra Aerospace has received a FAR 23 type certificate from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority for its Airvan 10, the company said. Australia’s first 10-seat, single-engine turbine aircraft has also received a type certificate from the FAA. “This [certification] comes as a cornerstone for civil aviation,” said Mr S P Shukla, chairman of Mahindra Aerospace […]

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ISRO-made system to alert users at unmanned level crossings

This will be of great help to passengers as currently train movements are tracked manually. Satellite-based chip systems will now alert road users at unmanned level crossings about approaching trains and also help in tracking train movement on a real-time basis. On a pilot basis, the Mumbai and Guwahati Rajdhani trains will be equipped with […]

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Mission To Discover Alien Life Given Green Light

A deep-space mission to discover habitable Earth-sized planets in other solar systems and detect extra-terrestrial life they may host has been given the go-ahead by the European Space Agency (ESA). Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will be launched into the ‘L2′ virtual point in space – 1.5 million kilometres beyond the Earth, […]

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NASA says ‘we are not alone’ as it reveals 10 new Earth-like planets which could sustain life

U.S. space agency NASA announced the discovery of more than 200 new planets, 10 of which are believed to be about the right size and temperature to support life. Of the 219 new suspected planets to have been discovered by NASA’s Kepler telescope, 10 were found to exist in the so-called ‘Goldilocks zone’ of their solar system. […]

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Mahindra ’s aircraft receives Australia, US safety certifications

Mahindra Aerospace has received important safety certifications for its Airvan 10, a 10-seater, single-engine turboprop aircraft, from Australian and American authorities. The move opens up a bigger market for the small plane, especially in India, with the government looking to bring 200 smaller airports into the aviation network. Conglomerate Mahindra and Mahindra’s general aviation aircraft […]

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Mars Orbiter Mission Completes 1000 Days in Orbit

Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the maiden interplanetary mission of ISRO, launched on November 5, 2013 by PSLV-C25 got inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first attempt.  MOM completes 1000 Earth days in its orbit, today (June 19, 2017) well beyond its designed mission life of six months. 1000 Earth days corresponds […]

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Lockheed Martin, Tata announce F-16 India partnership

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin to join hands to produce the F-16 Block 70 in India. The F-16 Block 70 is suited to meet the Indian Air Force’s single-engine fighter needs and this US-Indian industry partnership directly supports India’s initiative to develop private aerospace and defence manufacturing capacity […]

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HAL WANTS A FULL-FLEDGED AIRPORT

It is not very keen on operating flights only under UDAN scheme as then it cannot collect landing charges Though Tamil Nadu has offered to open up its Hosur Air Station for Bengalureans under the recently-launched Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme, there is also hope that the HAL airport would be a second […]

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Triumphing over trials, ISRO ready for giant leap

When India fires the high thrust cryogenic engine CE-20 to launch GSLV Mk-III in its first experimental flight from Sriharikota, it will propel ISRO’s biggest dream albeit about 13 years later than it was originally planned. ISRO would have used the CE-20 powered GSLV Mk-III in 2003 if not for the US sanction and a foisted case. The launch, […]

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