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U.S., India Collaborate on Building Radar Satellite

NASA and India’s ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organization – will jointly build a satellite called NISAR or the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite which could be the world’s most expensive Earth imaging satellite, and will cost the two countries over 1.5 billion dollars.

In a meeting in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K.Radhakrishnan, Chairman ISRO, signed two documents to launch the NASA-ISRO satellite mission.

“NISAR is the first big collaboration between NASA and ISRO, certainly on radar  but just in general as well. This is two frequency radar:  it is an L-band 24 centimeter  and S-band 13 centimeter. S-band is being built by ISRO and L-band by NASA. It is a major collaboration both in terms of the technical building of the satellite as well as working together across the Pacific between India and U.S.,” said Paul A. Rosen, a scientist working on the NISAR satellite project.

The NISAR satellite will be launched in 2021 from India using ISRO’s  Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, reports NDTV.

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May 25, 2017   No Comments

Tata Motors Launches Fuel Cell Powered Bus

Headquartered in Mumbai, India’s largest automobile maker, Tata Motors, showcased its most recent vehicle: the hydrogen powered “Starbus”, a zero-emission mass transport solution, for inter-city commutes.

Fuel Cell Bus by Tata Motors

This bus, developed in partnership with India’s Space Research Organization, works by combining hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell. The fuel cell produces electricity to power the electric motor; water and heat are byproducts. This is the first time an Indian manufacturer has ventured in this direction, reports carandbike, a unit of NDTV.

Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors said, “We have consistently been developing and manufacturing products that can contribute to CO2 reductions across all road transport segments and with early investments in new technologies, we are geared up to further strengthen our market leadership.”

 

February 10, 2017   No Comments

India Allocated Funds Promote Movies at Global Festivals

India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry has unveiled a Film Promotion Fund to help promote Indian films entered in the foreign-language Oscar category, and those competing at major international festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Busan, Toronto, Locarno and Venice and Rotterdam, among others.

While the total size of the fund was not disclosed, films entering the Oscar’s foreign-language category can receive  up to $150,000. Films competing at Cannes can receive up to $30,000, while those entered in the official competition categories at Venice can get $22,000.

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“This initiative will help independent film-makers to promote their work across the globe,” Information and Broadcasting minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

 

November 7, 2016   No Comments

India Ratifies Paris Agreement on Climate Change

India ratified the Paris Agreement on the birthday of Mohandas K. Gandhi ( Mahatma Gandhi, revered as the Father of the Nation by Indians),  who was born Oct. 2, 1869.

“Today the government of India has demonstrated global leadership and vision by joining the Paris agreement on climate change,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tweeted.  “This historic step will further India’s sustainable path to growth and development.”

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Currently sixty-two countries have joined, representing 52 percent of global emissions, according to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, reports the Washington Post.

Ajay Mathur, director general of the Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, said that the government plans to achieve its climate goals in three ways:

  • Launch a market next year to balance supply and consumption of electricity
  • Institute a program to increase the efficiency of the agriculture sector
  • Spur more efficient technologies in air conditioning, since cooling accounts for half of the growth in new electricity demand

October 3, 2016   No Comments

India Launches Advanced Weather Satellite

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched its advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR using its GSLV-F05 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The cryogenic engine used in the satellite was made in India.

GSLV-F05 being moved to launchpad

GSLV-F05 being moved to launchpad

This advanced meteorological satellite is configured with an imaging system, an atmospheric sounder, data relay as well as search and rescue transponders.

Other features include:

  • Imaging in middle infrared band to provide night time pictures of low clouds and fog
  • Imaging in two thermal infrared bands for estimation of sea surface temperature with better accuracy
  • Higher spatial resolution in the visible and thermal infrared band

Earlier launches using this technology—GSLV-D5 and GSLV -D6—were a success. The GSLV class of satellites also includes EDUSAT, which is used for distance education and other academic purposes, reports Mint.

September 19, 2016   No Comments