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REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE – TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (RLV-TD)
The cost of access to space is the major deterrent in space exploration and space utilization. A reusable launch vehicle is the unanimous solution to achieve low cost, reliable and on-demand space access.
Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstration Program or RLV-TD is a series of technology demonstration missions that have been considered as a first step towards realizing a Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) fully re-usable vehicle. A Winged Reusable Launch Vehicle technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) has been configured to act as a flying test bed to evaluate various technologies, namely, hypersonic flight, autonomous landing, powered cruise flight and hypersonic flight using air-breathing propulsion.
BANDRA KURLA COMPLEX TO HOST BULLET TRAIN STATION
On Monday, when a delegation led by NITI Aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya landed in Japan to finalise the Rs. 98,000-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, the Maharashtra government assured it was prepared to accommodate the train station at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said a 4,000 square foot-plot has been set aside at the BKC for station with an underground terminal and a commercial structure on top.
The cost of construction of the station or the commercial structure will not be borne by the state government, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has informed the State.
INDIA, US HOLD FIRST MARITIME SECURITY DIALOGUE
NEW DELHI: India and the US today held their first Maritime Security Dialogue here which focussed on boosting cooperation in the challenging sector with Washington rebalancing its military assets to Asia Pacific.
Officials from both countries met at JAWAHARLAL NEHRU BHAWAN FOR THE US-INDIA MARITIME SECURITY DIALOGUE.
WB OKAYS $625 MN FOR SOLAR PROJECTS
The World Bank Board announced it had approved a loan worth $625 million for the government’s initiative for rooftop solar power generation.
The Board also approved a co-financing loan of $120 million on concessional terms and a $5 million grant from the Climate Investment Fund’s Clean Technology Fund.
“The project will finance the installation of at least 400 MW of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (GRPV) across India,” according to a statement from the World Bank.
IISC AND NIMHANS SCIENTISTS CRACK PATHWAY THAT MAKES BRAIN TUMOUR AGGRESSIVE
Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) have found the pathway that makes the tumour cells more aggressive. The team’s study, published in a recent issue of the journal Neuro-Oncology, explains how IGFBP-2 (insulin-like growth factor binding protein 2), one of the proteins present in the extracellular fluids surrounding the cells, makes the tumour aggressive. While previous studies have shown that patients with more aggressive forms of glioblastoma had higher IGFBP-2 levels in their serum, the IISc-NIMHANS study reveals that the IGFBP-2 uses the protein beta-catenin as its pathway.