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Mars, Moon & a fresh pair of eyes in the sky — the big space missions planned for 2021

Among other things, the coming year will provide a glimpse at the progress being made by the burgeoning private space industry — with many new rockets set for their maiden flights.
File image of Vikram Sarabhai | Facebook

Vikram Sarabhai, the father of Indian space programme who was also a connoisseur of arts

Vikram Sarabhai, whose legacy lives on in India’s space programme, died of unknown causes on 30 December 1971 in Kerala. A crater on the Moon is named after him.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru

ISRO developing green propulsion for human space mission, says chairman K Sivan

Sivan, also the Secretary, Department of Space, advised the new graduates to take up 'calculated risk' in their life as it may safeguard them from 'absolute failure'.
ISRO launches communication satellite CMS-01 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on 17 December 2020 | Twitter | @isro

ISRO’s PSLV rocket successfully puts communication satellite CMS-01 into orbit

The communication satellite has a life span of seven years and is envisaged for providing services in India including Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands.
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ISRO set to launch satellite CMS-01 tomorrow, improve telecom coverage for Indian islands

CMS-01 will be India’s 42nd communication satellite to be placed into orbit and will provide improved telecom services for Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
Aerospace scientists Roddam Narasimha | Twitter | @ShobhaBJP

Aerospace scientist Roddam Narasimha, ‘an authority on fluid dynamics’, dies at 87

Roddam Narasimha's contributions to the aerospace sector of the country are unparalleled and he is best known for his work on fluid dynamics.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru

ISRO says India’s Gaganyaan mission likely to be delayed by a year due to Covid

As part of Gaganyaan, two unmanned missions were slated for launch in December 2020 and July 2021, and the first manned mission was scheduled in December 2021.
ISRO's PSLV C-49 takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota

ISRO launches Earth observation satellite EOS-01, 9 other satellites in 1st mission of 2020

PSLV-C49 lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota Saturday at the end of a 26-hour countdown and injected EOS-01 and 9 customer satellites into the orbit.

ISRO to launch radar weather satellite Saturday, but no media, guests allowed due to Covid

The PSLV-C49 mission is carrying nine customer satellites from three other countries apart from the main payload.
(L-R) US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh & External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at their press conference Tuesday | ANI

ISRO-NASA satellite NISAR expected to be launched by 2022

India and US have also decided to share Space Situational Awareness information, which will catalyse efforts to create the conditions for a safe and sustainable space environment.

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Tejas

Tejas keeps India’s capability gap with China under check. It is HAL’s game to lose now

Although several major air forces like France, Germany and the US are still inducting or ordering fourth-generation fighters, their capabilities and threats are distinct from India’s.

Billionaire-backed gaming startup Nazara Technologies kicks off India’s tech IPO rush

The impending debut could encourage other Indian startups to tap public markets, after years of explosive growth in mobile & internet usage created firms like Paytm & Flipkart.

Defence

Medics from armed forces at the Base Hospital in Delhi gets the Covid vaccination | Source: Army

Around 3,500 armed forces’ doctors, health workers receive Covid vaccine on Day One 

While 3,129 healthcare personnel from the Army got the vaccine, the number stood at about 250 for the Navy. The figure for IAF is yet to be ascertained.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.