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US official applauds India’s quick growth in space industry

US official applauds India’s quick growth in space industry

A top U. S. official has applauded India's progress in the field of space technology, saying it was remarkable how quickly the Asian country tapped into space.

General William Shelton, Commander of U. S. Air Force Space Command, noted that India has one of the largest space industries, and the country's extensive network of satellite communications spans the world.

Shelton said India's network of INSAT satellites connected the most remote areas of the country through telecommunications links.

Indian successfully launches home-grown engine-powered GSLV-D5

Indian successfully launches home-grown engine-powered GSLV-D5

India on Sunday successfully launched home-grown cryogenic engine-powered GSLV-D5, proving its soaring clout in outer space technology.

With the successful launch of the GSLV-D5 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India has entered the elite group of countries that are capable of launching heavy satellites. Apart from India, the cryogenic engine technology has so far been employed by just the U. S., Russia, France, Japan and China.

ISRO to shift satellite launch boundary 7 km south

ISRO to shift satellite launch boundary 7 km south

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would shift the northern boundary of its Sriharikota satellite launch range to allow a group of oil explorers to start exploration work at the site.

Earlier this week, the Department of Space (DoS) wrote to the petroleum ministry that the Indian space agency would shift the northern boundary of the "prohibited zone" seven kilometers south to enable the consortium of Cairn India, Tata and Oil & Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) to explore oil and gas at in the Bay of Bengal.

India all set to launch communication satellite GSAT-14

India all set to launch communication satellite GSAT-14

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle-D5 (GSLV-D5), carrying GSAT-14 communication satellite, at 4:50 pm today, August 19, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The heavy rocket will be powered by India's indigenously-developed cryogenic engine. The countdown for the launch of the GSLV-D5 started at 11.50 a. m. on Sunday.

All eyes are on the Indian space agency to see whether its GSLV would be able to successfully deliver the 1,982 kg communication satellite to the space.

ISRO to carry out its first midnight launch today

ISRO to carry out its first midnight launch today

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its navigational satellite IRNSS-1A using its Polar Synchronous Launch Vehicle C22 (PSLV-C22).

The PSLV-C22 will blast off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 11:41 pm on Monday night. This is going to be the first time that the Indian space agency will be launching a rocket in the dead of a night.

High-level panel suggests conservation of Western Ghats

High-level panel suggests conservation of Western Ghats

Ninety per cent of the natural forests left in the Western Ghats complex, spread across six state, should be conserved under the Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) provisions of the green law, a high-level working group (HLWG) suggested.

The panel headed by Planning Commission member K Kasturirangan suggested that nearly 60,000 square kilometers of Western Ghats should be turned into a no-go area for commercial activities, such as mining and large housing projects.

WaveRider hypersonic test flight fails

WaveRider hypersonic test flight fails

Dreams of flying at six times the speed of sound crashed on Tuesday when the hypersonic WaveRider test flight ended in failure.

Scientists had planned to send the unmanned jet on a five-minute flight above the Pacific Ocean at speeds of up to 4,500 mile per hour, but the jet lost control due to some technical problem in one of its control fins, and ended up in the ocean.

The failure was a big disappointment for supporters of the WaveRider project, such as the US Air Force, Boeing and engine manufacturer Pratt and Whitney. The Pentagon and space agency NASA is sponsoring the project.

Oxford Nanopore’s new portage device to facilitate “on the go” DNA sequencing

Oxford Nanopore’s new portage device to facilitate “on the go” DNA sequencing

Marking its foray into the gene-sequencing arena, Oxford Nanopore Technologies – a closely-held company based in Oxford, England – is planning to come up with a new portable device which will facilitate people in analyzing DNA “on the go.”

According to the details shared by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, the portable device – dubbed MinION – will be a smaller version of the GridION device which the company is already developing. The size of the new device will be almost that of a USB stick; and it will likely hit the markets in the second half of 2012.

NSABB asks journals to cut details of flu research

NSABB asks journals to cut details of flu research

In what apparently is a first of its kind move, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) has asked two scientific journals – Science and Nature – to withhold the publication of details pertaining to the creation of a variety of potentially dangerous “bird flu” by university-based researchers in the Netherlands and Wisconsin .

Orissa: Interceptor Missile Test Fired Successfully

Orissa: Interceptor Missile Test Fired Successfully

One more successful test of the ballistic missile defence system was conducted by India yesterday. In the test, an interceptor missile successfully caused the destruction of an “attacker” ballistic missile right above the Bay of Bengal off Orissa coast.

The target missile, the “attacker” had been released by the DRDO researchers at around 9.32 am, from the launch pad P-3 from Interim Test Range situated in Chandipur in the Balasore district in an attempt to imitating a rival missile.