Japan launches advanced GPS satellite

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Tokyo – Japan successfully launched a new navigation satellite into orbit that will replace its decade-old navigation satellite. The satellite, QZS-1R, was launched onboard H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center recently, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said in a statement. The company builds and operates H-2A rockets the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). QZS-1R is a replacement for …

Blue Origin’s private space station by 2030

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Washington – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space firm Blue Origin has announced plans to build a commercial space station called Orbital Reef by second half of this decade. “The station will open the next chapter of human space exploration and development by facilitating the growth of a vibrant ecosystem and business model for the future,” the statement said. It “will …

NASA finds first signs of planet outside Milky Way galaxy

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Washington – NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has for the first time spotted signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy, opening up a new avenue to search for exoplanets at greater distances than ever before. “We are trying to open up a whole new arena for finding other worlds by searching for planet candidates at …

Climate change painting scary picture as it reaches new heights

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Glasgow – Greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations have reached new highs, the increase has continued in 2021 too, the past seven years are on track to be the seven warmest on record, and the global sea level rise accelerated since 2013 to a new high in 2021, the ‘State of Climate in 2021’ report said on day one of the COP26 …

Amazon to start Alexa-based programmes

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New York – Amazon has announced launch of two new programmes which will integrate its voice-based assistant Alexa into hospitals and senior living communities. “Early on in the pandemic, hospitals and senior living communities reached out to us and asked us to help them set up Alexa and voice in their communities,” Liron Torres, global leader for Alexa Smart Properties, …

Hertz orders 1 lakh Tesla cars worth $4.2b

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San Francisco – US-based rental car company Hertz has ordered 100,000 Tesla vehicles (worth at least $4.2 billion) by the end of 2022 as part of an ambitious plan to electrify its fleet, shortly after filing for bankruptcy a few months back. Hertz interim CEO Mark Fields, said: “Electric vehicles are now mainstream, and we’ve only just begun to see rising …

Nasa’s asteroid defence mission 

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Washington – NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft, intended to deliberately crash into an asteroid, is preparing to launch next month — world’s first mission to test planetary defense techniques, demonstrating one mitigation method of asteroid deflection, called kinetic impact. “We spent the last one and a half years testing DART on the ground, practicing for what’s the most …

All about asteroid Bennu

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Washington – Near-Earth asteroid Bennu was long thought by scientists to have surface like a sandy beach, abundant in fine sand and pebbles, and to also have large swaths of fine-grained material smaller than a few centimetres called fine regolith. To understand better, a team of scientists at the University of Arizona conducted a research using machine learning and surface …

‘GTA Trilogy: The Definitive Edition’ game to be released on Nov 11

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San Francisco – Gaming company Rockstar Games has revealed that ‘Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition’ will launch on November 11 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and Nintendo Switch. Rockstar says, ‘The Definitive Edition’ will deliver new GTA V-inspired modern controls as well as across-the-board visual enhancements, such as resolution upgrades and a …

Nasa developing nuclear-powered spacecraft 

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Washington – Investing more in nuclear-powered spacecraft can help the US to stay ahead of the competition with nations like China, according to experts at NASA. “Strategic competitors including China are aggressively investing in a wide range of space technologies, including nuclear power and propulsion,” said Bhavya Lal, NASA’s senior advisor for budget and finance, at the congressional committee hearing, …