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2011 April Science and Technology

ISRO to build orbiter for NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has asked the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to build an orbiter that will provide the communication between the soil samples collected from the far side of the moon and the earth, according to ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan.

This joint venture between the ISRO and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, would be part of the Moonrise missions planned by the NASA.

50th Anniversary of Gagarin Spaceflight 

Celebrations are being held to mark the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight -- a 108-minute orbit of earth by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

NSTL's ship testing facility to become operational in mid-2015 

The Sea-keeping and Manoeuvring Basin (SMB) project of Visakhapatnam-based Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), the Naval R&D laboratory of DRDO, will become operational in mid-2015 at a cost of Rs 170 crore.

IAF fighters to have on board oxygen generation system

Indian Air Force (IAF) fighters would soon be equipped with special gadgets for production of oxygen while in the air that will enable them to be airborne for longer period and carry extra payload, marking India's entry into an elite club of forces. 

Developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the On Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS) produces oxygen inside the aircraft, allowing the pilots to fly without the help of heavy oxygen cylinders they carry for high altitudes and long duration sorties.

World's first ‘ Dual Core' processor smartphone, Optimus 2X

LG said it plans to launch a range of phones in this particular segment this year. The company also announced the introduction of world's first ‘ Dual Core' processor smartphone, Optimus 2X, in India. 

Optimus 2X is the first phone to run on Nvidia's new Tegra 2 chipset, which promises excellent mobile experience.

Sukhadeo Thorat is new ICSSR chairperson

The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) has nominated Sukhadeo Thorat as its chairperson for three years.

The ICSSR is fully funded by the Human Resource Development Ministry.

ResourceSat-2 launch scheduled for April 20

The launch of remote-sensing satellite the ResourceSat-2 has been tentatively scheduled for 10.12 a.m., April 20, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

ResourceSat-2 has been designed for study, management of natural resources
YouthSat is a joint Indo-Russian satellite for stellar, atmospheric studies



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