Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011

Status of LCA Tejas and Kaveri Engine

Tejas (LCA) , India's very own Light Combat Aircraft has achieved an important milestone by gaining Initial Operational Clearance (IOC)  in December 2010 . This has authenticated the Indian aircraft's airworthiness. The birth of India's first fighter aircraft is thus certified. So far, 1,659 flight tests have been completed.

LCA, Tejas Phase-ll Programme (Air Force version) was sanctioned in November 2001 at a cost`of Rs.3301.78 Cr. with Probable Date of Completion (PDC) of December 2008. The project is likely to be completed by December 2012 with an additional cost of Rs.2475.78 Cr. The additional cost is to meet the expanded scope of the programme, increased cost of materials, manpower, maintenance of facilities, etc. 

Indian Air Force has ordered 40 Tejas Mk-I aircraft (20 aircraft in IOC and 20 aircraft in FOC standard). Two aircraft will be ready by March 2012 for induction.

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Date: 31 Aug 2011 , Author: dilip / Category: India Defence / Views: 5908/Rating:3.7

Saturday, 13 Aug 2011

NASA's Mars Orbiter hints water flows on The Red Planet- Mars Rover reaches new spot

Earlier water/ice were disovered on our neighbor the Earth's satellite moon. That dicovery was based on ISRO's Chandrayaan and NASA's LRO. Now some more news of "hints" oof water flow on our neighbouring planet Mars - The Red Planet. Seems our natural water resources on earth are dwindiling - scientists are finding on distant planets. The finding marks a significant step in quest to fnd whether living conditons for some form of Life persist on the Red Planet . The observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. .. 

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Date: 13 Aug 2011 , Author: dilip / Category: Science / Views: 1442/Rating:0

Friday, 22 Jul 2011

NASA's Space Shuttle Era Ends - Atlantis the Last Lands Safely to retire

Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off July 8 on the final flight of the shuttle program, STS-135, a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis carried a crew of four and the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module containing supplies and spare parts for the space station.

The Space Shuttle Carrying the four STS-135 astronauts landed safely July 21, 2011, 5:57 a.m. EDT at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This marks the end of more than 30 years space shuttling. In this back drop here a small write up on one of the most amazing stuff of human - "Space Shuttle"....

 

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Date: 22 Jul 2011 , Author: dilip / Category: Science / Views: 1127/Rating:3.5

Sunday, 17 Jul 2011

ISRO: PSLV-C17 Successfully Launches GSAT - 12 Satellite

It is yet another successful launch for the ISRO's workhorse PSLV. India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C17) successfully launched GSAT-12 communication satellite today (July 15, 2011) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch of PSLV-C17 was the eighteenth successive successful flight of PSLV out of total nineteen flights.

After a smooth countdown of 53 hours, the vehicle lifted-off from the Second Launch Pad at the opening of the launch window at 16:48 hrs (IST). After about 20 minutes of flight time, GSAT-12 was successfully injected into sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub-GTO) with a perigee of 284 km and an apogee of 21,020 km with an orbital inclination of 17.9 deg.

 

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Date: 17 Jul 2011 , Author: dilip / Category: India Space / Views: 3169/Rating:3.6

Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011

The Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Tonight - Live by Google !!

  The longest and darkest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on Wednesday, giving sky enthusiasts all over the country an opportunity to witness the event. The total phase of this lunar eclipse will last 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000. The next such eclipse will only take place in 2141. .. 

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Date: 15 Jun 2011 , Author: dilip / Category: Videos, Science / Views: 2293/Rating:4.7 / Comments:

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011

Google invests 280 million dollars to make solar energy affordable

To date,Google has invested over $680 million in innovative clean energy companies and projects through Google.org, Google Ventures and Google corporate investments. Google intends to supporte cleantech companies with scalable and potentially breakthrough technologies that could produce renewable energy cheaper than coal.  Some of the google's investments in clean energy - 

Today Google announced a $280 million investment to create a fund, in partnership with SolarCity, to help the company finance more solar installations across US.This is Google's first investment in "distributed" renewable energy (generated and used right at home). The investment is expected to be a  quadruple-win for Google, SolarCity, the environment, and new customers who get access to clean energy at a economic rates.

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Date: 14 Jun 2011 , Author: dilip / Category: Energy, Internet News / Views: 2319/Rating:0

Friday, 10 Jun 2011

MIT report : Natural Gas can be short term solution for green house gas reduction

Natural gas is important in many sectors of the economy: for generating electricity, as a heat source for industry and buildings, and in chemical feedstock. Despite its vital importance to the economy, natural gas has often been overlooked, or at best taken for granted, in the debate about the future of energy.

Over the past two or three years, this has started to change, and natural gas is finding its place at the heart of the energy discussion. Given the abundance of natural gas available through extensive global resources and the recent emergence of substantial unconventional supplies in the United States and discovery of new sources in some countries, worldwide usage of the fuel is likely to continue to grow considerably and contribute to significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come, according to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary study carried out over the last three years by MIT researchers... 

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Date: 10 Jun 2011 , Author: dilip / Category: Energy / Views: 3763/Rating:5 / Comments:

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