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Isro begins countdown for lift-off Satellite GSAT-7A

CHENNAI: The 26-hour countdown for the launch of Indian Space Research Organisation's communication satellite GSAT-7A onboard Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 from Sriharikota, ISRO said. The satellite to be launched by ISRO on December 19 is designed with a lifespan of eight years. The satellite will be launched at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre

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WhatsApp chief writes to RBI to expand payment services to all users in India

NEW DELHI: WhatsApp Chief has written to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), seeking a formal nod to expand payments services to all its 200 million users in India. The development comes at a time when competitors such as Google have forged ahead with their payments offerings. The letter, dated November 5, mentions that

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Isro successfully lifts India's heaviest satellite GSAT-11 into Orbit

NEW DELHI: After months of wait, India's heaviest satellite GSAT-11 that would boost broadband services in the country, has been successfully launched from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana at 2.07 a.m. IST on Wednesday. The Ariane-5 vehicle injected GSAT-11 into the orbit in a flawless flight lasting about 33 minutes the

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Country's first engine-less train Train 18 crosses 180 kmph speed limit during trial run

NEW DELHI:  India's first locomotive-less less train, known as Train 18 on Sunday breached the 180 kmph speed limit a senior railway official said here. We expect Train 18 to commence its commercial run from January 2019. Normally the trials take three months. But now it is happening faster than expected," S. Mani, General Manager

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ISRO Launches India's First Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite

NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched country's first hyperspectral imaging satellite for advanced Earth observation and 30 other satellites, including 23 from the United States, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Thursday. HysiS, the Indian satellite, is the best-ever high-resolution Earth imaging satellite to be launched in space by

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New autonomous drone fleets to aid rescue operations in forests

Massachusetts: Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an autonomous system for a fleet of drones that can collaboratively search for lost hikers under dense forest canopies, without the help of GPS. The system allows drones to cooperatively explore terrain by using only on board computation and wireless

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Apple's share in global shipments of smartwatches went down to 30 percent

Although Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market, its share in the global shipments of smartwatches went down to 30 percent in the third quarter of 2018, from 35 percent in the same quarter last year, according to a new report. Global smartwatch shipments grew 53 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of

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Flickr slashes allowance for free users from 1TB to 1,000 images

Bad news for non-paying Flickr users: the formerly Yahoo-owned photo sharing site will be reducing its free cloud storage limit from a whopping 1TB to just 1,000 pictures, with plans to start deleting excess images early next year. Announced by Andrew Stadlen, VP of Product at Flickr, users on the site's Free tier

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