ISRO chief on a mission to cut expenses on launches: Times Quest

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The Department of Space (DoS) is anticipating an increase in financial outlay in next month’s Budget, even as its new Secretary K. Sivan said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was working to reduce the cost of its satellite and launch vehicle missions. Speaking to The Hindu, Dr. Sivan, who formally took charge on January 22 as DoS Secretary and ISRO Chairman, said the space body was trying to lower the cost of satellites by using miniaturized avionics, advanced electronics and the recently tested EPS — electric propulsion system — among others.   Launch vehicles…

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How to survive in Moscow without sunshine

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Imagine only getting six minutes of sunshine in a whole month – sounds pretty depressing, doesn’t it? Well, if you live in the Russian capital you don’t have to imagine it – that’s exactly what happened. Moscow had its darkest December on record in 2017, getting just six minutes of sunshine instead of the normal one hour per day. So what’s it like living through it, day after day? BBC Russian’s Oleg Boldyrev offers us an insight. I saw the Moon… once One Thursday evening in late December I looked…

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