ISRO set to launch Chandrayaan-2 in March-April

ISRO has 32 missions lined up this year

Bengaluru: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday said it missed the January-February launch window for the second moon mission,Chandrayaan-2, which is now expected to be carried out around April. The new schedule comes after the ambitious space mission missed two earlier launch windows in 2017 and 2018.

“Because we could not complete a few tests, we are now looking at March-April,” ISRO chairman K.Sivan said in Bengaluru. The mission would be carried out by April end and next in June if this one was also missed, he added.

The space agency has 32 missions lined up this year. It undertook 16 missions last year. The most ambitious among this year’s missions will be to put a human in space.

The agency aims to complete two unmanned missions beginning end of next year before it can actually put a human in space, scheduled for December 2021.

ISRO has opened a Human Spaceflight Centre to better enable the agency to carry out the manned mission. With a budget of Rs 10,000 crore,ISRO is looking to send three humans into space for seven days, though the specific number for its first ‘Gaganyaan’ is yet to be finalised. ISRO will help select the astronauts along with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and other premier agencies. The astronauts will be trained initially at ISRO’s human sciences centre and then travel to Russia for advanced training.

ISRO plans to set up ground stations in countries such as Russia and Japan for other programmes, according to Sivan.

Other major plans for 2019 include the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV), one of the smallest launches for ISRO. Sivan said it will have a payload of only 500 kilograms, integrate within 72 hours and requires only six people to be part of the mission compared to other big programmes. The cost of the mission would be around Rs 30 crore, he added.

ISRO will also launch its second reusable vehicle later this year, which could pave the way for further cost reductions.

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Most Fuel Efficient Bikes Of 2018

There were a plethora of new motorcycle launches in India this year. While we saw a bunch of new motorcycles launched in the performance bikes and the adventure bikes segment, there were just a handful of proper work-horse like fuel efficient motorcycles launched in India this year. These bikes are not the most fuel efficient models ever, but definitely the most fuel efficient bikes launched this year. Here is our list of top 3 fuel efficient motorcycles that were launched this year.

Bajaj Discover 110

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Bajaj launched the first ever ‘Discover’ model about 14 years ago and since then, there have been a bunch of ‘Discover’ models from Bajaj which ranged from 100 cc to 150 cc. It was this year that Bajaj launched the Discover 110 and Bajaj commuters are known for their fuel efficiency. The bike uses a new long-stroke engine with the power band optimised to offer more power at lower revs, and maximise fuel efficiency. The Discover 110 gets a 115 cc single-cylinder engine which makes 8.4 bhp and 9.8 Nm of peak torque. The bike returns claimed fuel efficiency of 76 kmpl, which is on par with the TVS Victor, Suzuki Hayate and the newly launched TVS Radeon. The Bajaj Discover 110 is also priced competitively at ₹ 52,326 (ex-showroom, Delhi), which makes it a good choice in the 110 cc segment.

Claimed fuel efficiency: 76.3 kmpl

Price: ₹ 52,326 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

TVS Radeon

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TVS Motor Company has four models in 100-110 cc segment which include the Sport, Start City Plus and the Victor and the latest launch from TVS is the Radeon, which again is a 110 cc commuter. The TVS Radeon is positioned between the Sport and the Star City Plus and TVS believes the Radeon will provide the push that the company needs in order to grab a larger slice of the pie. Priced at ₹ 48,990, the TVS Radeon is one of the most affordable bikes not only in the manufacturer’s stable but also in the 110 cc segment. The TVS Radeon is a quality product and is definitely worth consideration if you are looking to get a commuter motorcycle for yourself.

Claimed fuel efficiency: 69.3 kmpl

Price: ₹ 48,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Bajaj Discover 125

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The 2018 Bajaj Discover 125 was launched alongside the Bajaj Discover 110 and in terms of design, both motorcycles are identical but this one gets more features in terms of LED daytime running lamps and different graphics. The Discover 125 gets an updated 124 cc engine that churns out 11 bhp and 11 Nm of peak torque. The long stroke engine architecture offers good torque for city riding. The Discover 125 gets the same suspension as on the Discover 110 and gets a front disc and a rear drum brake. The Discover 125 drum brake option is priced at ₹ 57,165 and the disc brake option is priced at ₹ 59,488.

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Astronauts say look forward to space launch after Soyuz accident

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The launch of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft is scheduled on December 3, 2018 from the Russian-leased Kazakh Baikonur cosmodrome.
BAIKONUR(KAZAKHSTAN): Astronauts set to board the first manned space mission since an unprecedented accident aboard Russia’s Soyuz, on Sunday brushed aside safety concerns, saying they were ready to take risks.

Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Monday.

They will head to the ISS after a Soyuz rocket carrying Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed on October 11 just minutes after blast-off.

The pair escaped unharmed, but the failed launch was the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history and a new setback for the country’s once proud space industry.

The crew heading to the ISS dismissed any possible concerns about their safety.

“Risk is part of our profession,” crew commander Oleg Kononenko told a news conference at Baikonur, adding they “absolutely” trusted teams preparing them for the flight.

“We are psychologically and technically prepared for blast-off and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board,” the 54-year-old said.

Anne McClain, a 39-year-old former military pilot, struck a similar note.

“We feel very ready for it,” she said.

Canada’s Saint-Jacques added that Soyuz spacecraft was “incredibly safe,” noting it was “actually reassuring” to witness the October aborted launch from Baikonur.

The accident highlighted the “smart design of the Soyuz and the incredible work that the search and rescue people here on the ground are ready to do every launch,” the 48-year-old said.

Russia said last month the launch of the Soyuz rocket failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome. But officials insisted the spacecraft remains reliable.

Saint-Jacques will be the first Canadian astronaut to visit the space station since Chris Hadfield, who recorded a version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity classic aboard the ISS in 2013.

Canada’s governor general and former astronaut Julie Payette is expected to be among dignitaries to watch Monday’s launch.

Of the trio set to reach the ISS six hours after blastoff, both Saint-Jacques and McClain will fly for the first time. Kononenko is beginning his fourth mission to add to an impressive 533 days in space.

NASA’s McClain was deployed to Iraq and represented the United States women’s national rugby union team in the past.

She has said that training to spacewalk was similar to rugby since it demands “grit, toughness, mental focus, and more”

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Watch This Spectacular Launch of the Soyuz Rocket From Space

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A new video from the European Space Agency shows the spectacular launch of the Soyuz rocket.

The video was captured by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and shows the Russian Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft taking off from the Soyuz rocket on Nov. 16. The spacecraft was carrying food and supplies for astronauts aboard the International Space Station and fuel to resupply the ISS. The spacecraft was carrying 5,653 lbs of supplies and fuel.

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