Archive For The “Technology” Category

Drones to help department fight forest fires

Recall the February 2017 blaze that reduced hundreds of acres of forest land in Bandipur to ashes and devoured a forest guard? To prevent recurrence of such tragedies this summer, the forest department is all set to press drones into action. The drones which will be procured or hired by the department will hover over Bandipur forests […]

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ISRO gears up to launch 2 satellites before Chandrayaan-2 mission

Amid intense preparations for its most challenging Chandrayaan-2 mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch two other satellites before the lunar mission in April. Talking to TOI, ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan said, “The first launch will be of GSLV Mk II carrying Gsat-6A satellite by the end of March. Soon thereafter, we will launch navigation satellite IRNSS-1I […]

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Google’s decision to build AI for Pentagon drones divides company.

The US Military is using artificial intelligence software developed by Google in one of its drone programmes, causing internal divisions over how the company should be run. The Department of Defense’s Project Maven, commenced last April, utilises the Silicon Valley search giant’s TensorFlow AI to analyse the hours of footage shot by unmanned planes. TensorFlow scans the film for objects of interest and flags them for […]

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BHEL gets ISRO tech to make Li-ion cells

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a technology transfer agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. for the manufacture of space grade lithium ion (Li-ion) cells for the space programme and other national requirements. BHEL said it would set up a facility at its Bengaluru unit to make the cells. It would use the technology […]

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India joins Europe’s satellite data sharing pool

India has joined Europe’s mega global arrangement of sharing data from Earth observation satellites, called Copernicus. Data from a band of Indian remote sensing satellites will be available to the European Copernicus programme while designated Indian institutional users will in return get to access free data from Europe’s six Sentinel satellites and those of other […]

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Indigenous technology tested on BrahMos supersonic missile

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully flight-tested for the first time with an indigenous seeker. So far, the seeker, a critical technology in missiles, had come from Russia. “Formidable supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully flight tested at 8:42 AM today at Pokhran test range, Rajasthan. The precision strike weapon with Indian-made seeker flew in […]

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India to attain self-reliance in key missile tech by 2020

In a major achievement for the country, India’s premier research agency DRDO is now likely to achieve complete self-reliance in developing critical missile technologies by 2020, which will be two years ahead of the schedule. The expertise developed by the DRDO’s missile complex in the field of seekers is also going to help the country […]

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DRDO develops underwater drone prototype

Even as the Indian Navy’s ships and submarines are being equipped with different kinds of sonars, defence scientists are looking at newer technologies to equip services to protect the territorial and the exclusive economic zone waters. Naval research has turned to development of unmanned vehicles for defence applications. “This will be for surveillance purposes. We have developed a low […]

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Boeing comes up with its vision for a hypersonic spy aircraft

Boeing seems to have come up with the early details of its own design for a hypersonic tech demonstrator that would be a spiritual successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. This means that this is meant to be a logical extension of the company’s X-51A Waverider: the wedge-shaped, twin-tail body is designed to minimize drag while […]

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ISRO Chief on a mission to cut expenses on launches

The Department of Space (DoS) is anticipating an increase in financial outlay in next month’s Budget, even as its new Secretary K. Sivan said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO ) was working to reduce the cost of its satellite and launch vehicle missions. Dr. Sivan, who formally took charge on January 22, 2018 as […]

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