The final frontier of space technology

Synopsis:  Emerging tech is helping leverage space for various terrestrial uses. Introduction Technological innovations are now driving space activities and research. The space industry is using technologies like 5G, advanced satellite systems, 3D printing, big data, and quantum technology in its activities according to a report by Analytics Insight. It is also helping scientists, researchers… Continue reading The final frontier of space technology

Indian Space Association (ISpA) – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Indian Space Association was recently launched by the Prime Minister of India. The industry association will act as an independent and “single-window” agency for enabling the opening up of the space sector to start-ups and the private sector. The tagline of the association is “Bhumandal Se Brahmaand Tak”, meaning from… Continue reading Indian Space Association (ISpA) – Explained, pointwise

Explained: Why launch of Indian Space Association is significant

Synopsis: Indian Space Association has been launched by the Prime Minister of India. The industry association will act as an independent and “single-window” agency for enabling the opening up of the space sector to start-ups and the private sector. What is ISpA? ISpA is the Premier Industry Association of Space and Satellite companies, which aspires… Continue reading Explained: Why launch of Indian Space Association is significant

Explained: How Jupiter Trojan asteroids will help NASA learn about evolution of solar system

What is the News? NASA is set to launch the ‘Lucy’ Mission in the next week. What is Mission Lucy? Mission Lucy is NASA’s first mission to explore the Jupiter Trojan asteroids. Named After: The mission is named after ‘Lucy’, a 3.2 million-year-old ancestor who belonged to a species of hominins (which include humans and… Continue reading Explained: How Jupiter Trojan asteroids will help NASA learn about evolution of solar system

New toxic-free, superior multilayer technology that packages together electronic components can help country’s strategic sectors

What is the news?  CSIR– NIIST (National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology), under the purview of “Advanced Manufacturing Techniques scheme” of Department of Science & Technology (DST) has indigenously developed toxic-free and superior multilayer series of LTCC tapes and HTCC substrates which are on par with international standards.  About the technology: LTCC tapes and HTCC substrates  These technologies package together electronic components like resistors,… Continue reading New toxic-free, superior multilayer technology that packages together electronic components can help country’s strategic sectors

World Is Entering A New Moon Age 

Synopsis: About NASA’s Artemis programme, various consequences of India joining the programme and how India needs to tackle all this.  Introduction  On September 7, 2019, India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander crashed in a cloud of lunar dust no human would witness. It had experienced a “hard landing” on a desolate patch of the lunar surface. It shows the difficulties of the operation and ‘optimism… Continue reading World Is Entering A New Moon Age 

India and the geopolitics of the moon

Synopsis: Delhi should take a hard look at the emerging challenges to the current space order and its interests on the moon, and develop strategies to pursue them through a national lunar mission. Introduction Space-faring powers are seeking routine access to the moon. Moreover, their attention has now turned to what is called the cis-lunar… Continue reading India and the geopolitics of the moon

Trans- Himalayan region becoming one of the promising astronomical sites globally

What is the news? A recent study said that the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) located at Hanle near Leh in Ladakh is becoming one of the promising observatory sites globally. This is due to its advantages of more clear nights, minimal light pollution, background aerosol concentration, extremely dry atmospheric condition, and uninterrupted by monsoon. About… Continue reading Trans- Himalayan region becoming one of the promising astronomical sites globally

Landsat 9: NASA’s ‘new eye in the sky’ that will help study climate change 

What is the news?  Recently, a NASA satellite was successfully launched the earth monitoring satellite, Landsat 9. It is a joint mission of NASA and the US Geological Survey (USGS).  The first Landsat satellite was launched in 1972. Since then, Landsat satellites have collected images of our planet and helped understand how land usage has changed over the… Continue reading Landsat 9: NASA’s ‘new eye in the sky’ that will help study climate change 

The growing strategic importance of outer space

Synopsis: India is looking to bolster outer space cooperation with US and other QUAD members. Many reforms have also been initiated towards this direction. But, the growing strategic salience of outer space demands substantive national policy action in India. Introduction Technological progress in the last two decades has also “produced” new domains for human activity.… Continue reading The growing strategic importance of outer space