NASA Seeks Partnership With US Industry to Build First Element of ‘Gateway’ Orbital Outpost

NASA Seeks Partnership With US Industry to Build First Element of 'Gateway' Orbital Outpost

In line with US President Donald Trump’s “Space Policy Directive 1”, NASA has sought partnership with the US industry to develop the first element of the Gateway, which will become the orbital outpost for robotic and human exploration operations in deep space.

NASA has released a draft solicitation seeking commercial and international partners via the Board Agency Announcement (BAA) this week to US industry to acquire an element for the Gateway.

The Gateway will support exploration on and near the Moon, and beyond, including Mars, NASA said in a statement.

The draft seeks a high-power, 50-kW solar electric propulsion (SEP) spacecraft to maintain the Gateway’s position as well as move it between lunar orbits as needed.

It will also provide power to the rest of the Gateway, controls and communications, the statement said.

“We believe partnering with US industry for the power and propulsion element will stimulate advancements in commercial use of solar electric propulsion and also serve NASA exploration objectives,” said Michele Gates, Director (Power and Propulsion Element) at NASA.

Through the upcoming solicitation, industry will be asked to participate in a public/private partnership, which includes a flight demonstration of the power and propulsion spacecraft.

Following this test lasting up to one-year in space after launch, NASA will have the option to acquire the spacecraft for use as the first element of the Gateway in lunar orbit.

The power and propulsion element is also expected to enable high-rate, reliable communications between Earth and deep space, which will be important during spacewalks in deep space, human exploration of the lunar surface and more.

To meet current Gateway development planning, NASA is targeting launch of the power and propulsion element on a partner-provided commercial rocket in 2022, the statement said.

In addition to the draft BAA, NASA will host an Industry Day on July 10 prior to issuing the final BAA.

 

 

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HC seeks Centre, CBI response on reinvestigation of SSC exam leaks

A plea field by several job aspirants alleged that the officials of the SSC, private vendors and others were a part of the syndicate selling seats for Rs 10-20 lakh per candidate.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre and CBI to file their response on a plea by several job aspirants seeking reinvestigation into the cases of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) paper leaks.

Justice S P Garg listed the matter for July 26 on the plea filed by 44 people.

The job aspirants also sought setting up of an enquiry commission headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or the High Court in connection with the repeated offences such as cheating in the SSC exam.

The petition said that multiple FIRs are lodged every year over leaks of question papers and several persons are arrested for allegedly aiding the aspirants to cheat for money, but in none of the cases, the probe agencies have been able to bust the racket and arrest the main persons involved in the organised crime.

Advocate Anurag Ahluwali accepted the notice for the Central government and the SSC, while advocate Narender Mann did so on behalf of the CBI.

The plea claimed that the syndicate was still operating as officials from the department of SSC have never been arrested. It alleged that the probe agencies have failed to identify the source of the leaks and the main perpetrators of the crime were still untouched.

“The modus operandi of the syndicate is supported by ultra-modern technologies and the commission of the crime gets detected at very few places as the local police agencies are not well equipped technologically,” it said.

The plea alleged that the officials of the SSC, private vendors and others were a part of the syndicate selling seats for Rs 10-20 lakh per candidate.

The plea said that the exams are conducted for sensitive posts such as inspector, sub-inspector, constables of para-military organisations, National Investigating Agency, Central Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence Bureau, Income Tax, Central Excise, Delhi Police and various coveted post across the government ministries.

“These posts are so sensitive in nature that selection of a tainted candidate can jeopardise the national security of the country,” it said, adding that the future of many deserving candidates has been ruined because of the inaction of authorities to stop the offences since 2013.

The Supreme Court had in March this year dismissed a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the SSC paper leak case after the Centre informed it that the probe agency has already started investigating it.

Amid protests over alleged paper leak, the SSC had recently recommended a CBI probe into it.

 

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Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal Seeks Level-Playing Field for Local Firms

Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal Seeks Level-Playing Field for Local Firms

Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal Seeks Level-Playing Field for Local Firms
Highlighting the rise of “selective globalisation”, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal on Wednesday said a level-playing field is needed to ensure that local companies can build solutions for the Indian market and don’t get “prematurely killed” by foreign competition.

“Another big thing that is happening across the world is the rise of anti-globalisation… it was all the time in China and US, selective globalisation rather. I meant there should be level playing field,” Bansal said at the IAMAI India Digital Summit in New Delhi.

Bansal has, in the past too, voiced his opinion on supporting Indian companies against ‘capital dumping’ by foreign companies.

“What we need to figure out is how do we create a level-playing field. How do we ensure news app or restaurant apps doesn’t get prematurely killed by company coming from China and just pumping in dollars from there. It should be about technology and appreciation of the product,” he said.

Interestingly, Flipkart – which is locked in an intense battle for leadership with US-based Amazon in the Indian e-commerce market – has received over $3 billion funding from investors like Tiger Global Management, DST Global, Naspers and Steadview Capital.

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba – which has stake in Indian digital payments and e-tailer Paytm – is also aggressively looking at tapping into the Indian market.
Bansal said it would be a “mistake” if Internet and technology are not considered as a “strategic sector”.

“…we are making a mistake by not thinking of Internet and technology a strategic sector and depending too much on China and the US to build that for us… We have the capability, we have the know-how to do this in India ourselves for our markets,” he said.

Referring to year 2016 as a “cooling off period” for investors, Bansal said the funding scenario changes cyclically but that doe not change the “reality of the companies”.

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“…(year) 2016 was the cooling off period. And these are the cycles that the markets go through… it will either be little bit too over-optimistic or a bit too pessimistic. The reality of the companies actually don’t change that much, the funding scenario changes drastically,” he said.

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Nextdoor Seeks to Bring Neighborhood Businesses and Customers Together

Can you use the local social media network Nextdoor for small business marketing? Here's how to set up your business page and more.

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Nextdoor now make it easier for businesses to receive feedback and recommendations from their neighbors.

Nextdoor is a free, private social network that requires users to register with proof of both their address and identity. The network is built around neighborhoods. You can join as a neighbor and once accepted then you officially become part of a neighborhood where you can share news, setup a Neighborhood Watch Group or even a business page.

Noticing that many of the community members exchange recommendations about local business, the platform decided to add business pages for local business.

Launched in 2011, the social network has grown to an audience of “double-digit millions” and claims to reach over 100,000 neighborhoods in the United States.

Nextdoor for Small Business

Who Needs a Business Page?

Business pages are ideal for anyone selling goods or providing services. This could range from offering neighborhood plumbing services to running a local barbecue joint.

What Can Businesses Do on Nextdoor?

Nextdoor helps businesses better understand their neighborhood reputation. Through a color coded map, you will be able to see where your business has been recommended by Nextdoor members. You will also be able to reply to messages and comments that members have shared. Your neighbors can as well send you private messages.

How to Setup a Business Page

Setting up a business page is quite easy. Go to the business section and fill in your business name and address. The page will automatically find your business based on your contact details. Click “claim” and verify it’s your business. You will then be prompted to create your business account.

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You can as well claim your business page right from your personal account. Sign into your account and allow the platform to use your personal email to claim your page. However, the downside is that you will have to share your personal details with someone else if you need them to manage the page.

If you own multiple businesses or your business has multiple locations, then you can claim different pages for your respective business. However, at this time, Nextdoor only allows one account per business.

Conclusion

Nextdoor claims that many business recommendations were already taking place and thus there was need to offer the support.

Setting up an account is free and easy.

Setup an account now to start receiving feedback and business recommendations from your neighbors.

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