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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

STUDSAT-1 - From Inspiration To Realisation

ISRO's PSLV-C15 mission, in 2010, successfully put into orbit, a student-built satellite, the first privately initiated venture in India.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Gift - To Afghanistan, From India, Brothers In Arms

"India is to deliver two Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) HSA 315B Cheetah/Cheetal utility helicopters to Afghanistan in January, regional media reported on 11 December.

The new-build helicopters, which will be used for observation and reconnaissance purposes, are being supplied to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) as part of a wider defence and security co-operation deal between the two countries."

- India to shortly deliver new helos to Afghanistan

Part of a deliberate, calibrated move, be it one with a lot more scope for expansion.

Update: The original news article Janes cited in the article above. Additionally informs of the possibility of stationing Indian trainers in Afghanistan & refurbish a hardware maintenance facility.


Also Read: HAL Executes Export Order For Chetak Helicopters To Suriname - Hands Over 2 Of The 3 Contracted

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma, Indian Air Force [Video]

A freewheeling interview with India's only Space farer, till now.

Rakesh-Sharma-Ravish-Malhotra-Cosmonaut-Indiathey incorporated Yoga routines into their training regime, in preparation of their Space travel
Speaks about his early life, his selection, & subsequent training in the Soviet Union's Star City for his week-long stay aboard the Salyut-7, and some more. Very interesting. Comes across as one who is grounded, circumspect about his feat, knowing well the context of its occurrence - less Scientific, more Geo-political. This hush-hush mission, prior to the eventual announcement, was codenamed 'Project Pawan'. Carried with him, a Guitar too.
The Bartanian that the interviewer is, could not refrain himself from trying to goad Wing Commander Sharma with some unintelligent poverty porn query. Loved the way the good pilot hits it right out of the ground, with aplomb.

Early Days Of India's Space Programme - Professor UR Rao [Video]

One of the longest serving Chairman of ISRO reminisces about the fledgling days of India's forays into Space, & subsequently.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ode To 3D-Printing - "Not Made In China"

So profound has been the impact of this additive form of manufacturing, continually finding new & innovative applications, that poems are now being penned about it.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013