Science & Technology(Part I)Anisha Mukhija
India to launch Indonesian satellite LAPAN A2/ Orari
India will launch a second multi-spectral remote sensing Indonesian satellite that will help the country to monitor land-use, natural resource and in disaster mitigation. The name of the satellite is LAPAN A2/ Orari. LAPAN A2/Orari satellite is a successor to LAPAN A1/Tubsat.The satellite was delivered to India on 4th September 2015 and will be launched at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
The first indigenous howitzer ‘Dhanush’ developed by Ordanance Factory Board of Kolkata
The Indian army is set to soon be handed over the indigenously developedhowitzer ‘Dhanush’ also known as‘desi bofors’ has been developedby Ordanance Factory Board, Kolkata. Dhanush is a indigenously developed 155 mm gun with 45 calibre having advanced features, a towed howitzer with a strike range of 38 Km. This will be handed over to the army in the month of November.
NASA developing world’s first space shot gun to blast Asteroids
NASA is developing the world’s first space shot gun that can blast asteroids into small pieces for collection as samples when a robotic space craft reaches near one such space rock in the near future. Along with a Brooklyn based company Honey Bee Robotics, the US Space agency is working on a shot gun as part of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The ARM aims to chop off a massive chunk of an asteroid and shift it into the moon’s orbit.
China Successfully launched Long March -11 carrier Rocket
China successfully launched a new model of carrier rocket, the Long March-11,on 25 September from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu. The rocket carried four micro-satellites into space, which will be used mainly for testing. The solid propellant rocket was developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. The rocket will mainly be used for launching micro-satellites.