Even with low cost airlines stepping in, a majority of Indians still rely on Indian railways as their primary mode of travel. While the Indian Railways is convenient with its footprints webbed across the country, there is one bit of it which has always been inconvenient, and that is the very process of booking tickets. While earlier people had to queue up on railway stations for hours to score a ticket, IRCTC then eventually moved to a dedicated website, which was buggy and tends to overload very easily.
Bengaluru-based aerospace start-up TeamIndus is scouting for funds and sponsors to build a spacecraft with a rover for landing and exploring the lunar surface. "The total budget of the moon mission is about Rs 450 crore, out of which we have raised more than half (Rs 225 crore) and have spent. We're trying to accumulate the rest through sponsors and others interested in this mission," TeamIndus Fleet Commander Rahul Narayan told reporters.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday said ISRO would set up a research center in Guwahati for startups, academicians, environmentalists and entrepreneurs. He made this assertion after holding a meeting with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in the city.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) denied there has been a security breach of its database, following reports that data of some 6,000 Indian businesses and government agencies was up for sale on the Internet. The reported breach "does not contain any confidential data of UIDAI and has not affected any services provided by the authority", said a statement from the UIDAI, a statutory authority collecting and maintaining the world's largest biometric ID system.
Indian Railways is working with the Indian Space Research Organisation () to devise safety mechanisms to make travel by trains more safer, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, a day before Mumbai stampede. The minister said he met Isro Chairman A S Kiran Kumar a few days ago. Railways and RailTel are working together to explore the use of space technology for safety, he added.
India will resume launching satellites in November or December, unfazed by the failure of its rocket in deploying a spare navigation satellite in the Earth's lower orbit on August 31, said a top official on Friday. "We will resume the launches by November or December, with one of the remote sensing satellites though we are yet to finalise with which," said A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Using newly calibrated data taken from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have created the first global map of water in the Moon's soil. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule -- hydroxyl, which consists of one atom each of hydrogen and oxygen -- in lunar soil.
A total of 192 Indian objects are orbiting in space as of April 1, 2017, catalogued by US Space Surveillance Network, said a retired Indian scientist. He was citing the August 2017 issue of "Orbital Debris", a quarterly published by NASA.
The Indian navigation satellite IRNSS-1H stuck inside a rocket's heat shield -- together weighing around 2.4-tonnes -- now tumbling in outer space, is expected to re-enter the earth's atmosphere in a couple of months. However, there may not be any impact on the ground, said a senior official of the Indian space agency. "The satellite tracking stations are getting intermittent signals from IRNSS-1H. The fuel on-board the satellite has been depleted by firing the motors whenever there was a signal.
It was a black Thursday for Indian space programme as it suffered a serious setback after its workhorse rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) failed to deliver India's eighth navigation satellite in its intended orbit.