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India successfully test-fires supersonic interceptor missile

India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile in low altitude, from a test range in Odisha. This was the third supersonic interceptor test carried out this year in which an incoming ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted, within 30 km altitude of the earth’s atmosphere by an […]

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Astrophysicists solve mystery linked to neutron star merger

Astrophysicists using radio telescopes, including the one located on the outskirts of Pune, may have resolved some nagging riddles, following the first-ever detection of gravitation waves in August this year, leading to the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Prize for physics to three US scientists. The remarkable discovery of gravitational waves emanating from the merger […]

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Powering Up NASA’s Human Reach for the Red Planet

NASA is pushing forward on testing a key energy source that could literally “empower” human crews on the Mars surface, energizing habitats and running on-the-spot processing equipment to transform Red Planet resources into oxygen, water and fuel. The agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has provided multi-year funding to the Kilopower project. Testing is due […]

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India’s HAL plans to produce 100 HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft

India-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is exploring plans to produce 100 Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) basic trainer aircraft. Production of the aircraft is expected to begin after completing spin tests over the coming months. The HTT-40 is intended to replace the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) existing fleet of HPT-32 Deepak trainers. The aircraft has been […]

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Civil aviation ministry may face funding crunch for UDAN

With more routes set to be operational under UDAN, the civil aviation ministry is likely to face paucity of funds in providing viability gap funding to participating airlines, according to a senior official. To connect unserved and under-served aerodromes as well as make flying more affordable, the ministry has launched Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) and as many as […]

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DRDO has key role in ‘Make in India’ programme, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has a great role in realising the ‘Make in India’ vision of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi. She was speaking at a programme organised for ’Transfer of the DRDO Developed Technologies to Industry’ at the Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL). The […]

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HAL to produce 100 of its own trainer aircraft

Military aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Said it plans to make 100 of its own product, the basic trainer aircraft HTT-40, over the coming years once the aircraft clears the ongoing critical ‘spin’ tests. Another immediate goal is to work towards getting the basic flight certification of another home product, the Light Utility Helicopter or […]

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88 airports to be functional under UDAN, says minister

Union Civil Aviation Minister P Mr Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that a total of 88 airports in the country would be made functional in the next one-and-a-half-years, through two rounds of bidding under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme. Speaking after inaugurating the upgraded Hubballi Airport here, he said only 71 airports had flight operations till […]

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Indian aviation outlook very good; infrastructure worrisome: IATA

The outlook for the fastest growing Indian aviation market is “very good” but infrastructure and taxation issues could be detrimental for its growth, according to global airlines’ grouping IATA chief Alexandre de Juniac.  Clocking high double-digit growth for more than two years, India’s domestic aviation market is one of the fastest growing in the world.  […]

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You Only Have to Be Rich, Not Healthy, to Fly in Space

The so-called “space billionaires”—Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Elon Musk—imagine a day when people will live and work in space, gradually transforming humanity into a multi-planet species. The next step in that direction is the development of a space tourism industry, and that’s about to become a reality. The rich will go first, of course, paying […]

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