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Why ISRO’s GSAT-7A is considered important? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

At 2,250 kg, GSAT-7A is the heaviest satellite launched by GSLV-Mk-II since it began using the indigenous cryogenic engine after carrying out early development flights with Russian cryogenic engines. Given its recent track record in launching satellites on its fourth-generation rockets, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles (GSLV), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was continuing a … Continued

What is new National Digital Communications Policy-2018? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

The new telecom policy has been formulated, in place of the existing National Telecom Policy-2012 and aims to facilitate India’s effective participation in the global digital economy. The policy aims to ensure digital sovereignty and the objectives are to be achieved by 2022. Under the new telecom policy, the government aims to provide universal broadband … Continued

ISRO’s GSAT-7A to add more heft to Air Force (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Military communication satellite GSAT-7A, due to be launched on December 19 from Sriharikota, is expected to add a new space-based dimension to the way Indian Air Force interlinks, operates and communicates with its aircraft as they fly and with command centres on ground, according to multiple sources. Although all Indian communication satellites offer capacity to … Continued

Space Activities Bill (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III)

The Government has invited suggestions from the public or stakeholders regarding the draft Space Activities Bill, 2017. The objective of the Space Bill is to facilitate the overall growth of the space activities in India with higher order of participation of public/ non-governmental/ private sector stakeholders.           What are its provisions? The Bill provides for establishment … Continued

On the mystery of livestock deaths in Manipur (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

More than a month after unknown predators began killing livestock in six districts of Manipur, experts roped in from Dehradun’s Wildlife Institute of India (WII) identified stray and domesticated dogs as the culprits. But the mystery of the nocturnal attacks was far from solved in some parts bordering Myanmar; the experts weren’t sure who or … Continued

India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 launched successfully from French Guiana (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

The French launch vehicle Ariane 5 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 02:07 am (IST) carrying India’s GSAT-11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites, as scheduled. Ariane 5 is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along with Soyuz and Vega. About GSAT-11 Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high … Continued

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