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Comment Re:Somebody sold India a LOT of hardware (Score 1) 93

well the AADHAAR system you are talking about has multiple levels of authentication which include iris, fingerprint, OTP to your mobile and password.. and the system does not give out any of these information, any one can use the system to authenticate by the means they deem fit by submitting the authentication details to the AADHAAR service and it will get back with only a TRUE/FALSE response and nothing else.. so as a service provider you can decide the level of authentication required, a bank might decide to use IRIS+PIN where as a liquor shop is just happy to verify your age against your fingerprint.

Comment Re:Uhm.... easy fix (Score 1) 93

well it's not ppl cheating but pilferage in the supply chain that has traditionally been very difficult to control.. ppl at present have multiple ID (pan number - a tax id) to dodge taxes etc, this new system would mean that a person can only obtain one ID as a match in finger print or iris will cause the 2nd id not to be issued and the PDS system would need to authenticate the user for each transaction before any benefits are given meaning it is a lot more difficult for intermediaries to just siphon off 50% of the product and just make fake entries in the book claiming they were disbursed as intended...

Submission + - ISRO successfully launches 20 satellites (rediff.com)

vasanth writes: The Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday successfully launched a record 20 satellites using its trusted workhorse, the PSLV-C34 from Sriharikota. Apart from satellites from India the launch carried satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.

With 20 satellites, the agency beat its previous record of placing 10 satellites in April 2008. Till date India has launched 57 foreign satellites successfully. Russia holds the world record for placing the most number of satellites in a single launch. Its Dnepr rocket launched 37 satellites in 2014.

Submission + - India Launches it's final navigation satellite

vasanth writes: India on Thursday entered an exclusive club of five nations that have their own satellite navigation and positioning system with the launch of IRNSS-1G,known as Navic, the country’s seventh navigation satellite.

For many years now, India has been mostly dependent on the Global Positioning System built by the US. However, when the USA denied GPS information during the Kargil war in 1999, the nation felt the need for an indigenous navigation system. The system–previously called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System was designed to provide accurate position information to users in India and as far as 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) from its borders.

India has been gaining recognition worldwide as a low-cost option for sending satellites into orbit. In 2014, it put a satellite into the orbit of Mars, becoming the first country in Asia to reach the red planet. India’s space minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday that the country also plans to launch a communications satellite that will provide enhanced bandwidth connectivity to rural areas.

The ISRO’s rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV, also carried five satellites from the U.K..The space agency said it was the thirty-fourth consecutive successful mission for the PSLV. ISRO plans to launch 22 satellites in another flight of PSLV including 19 satellites from four countries: 13 from the U.S., three from Germany, two from Canada and one from Indonesia.

Submission + - India Launches Final Satellite for Its Own Version of GPS

vasanth writes: India on Thursday entered an exclusive club of five nations that have their own satellite navigation and positioning system with the launch of IRNSS-1G,known as Navic, the country’s seventh navigation satellite.

For many years now, India has been mostly dependent on the Global Positioning System built by the US. However, when the USA denied GPS information during the Kargil war in 1999, the nation felt the need for an indigenous navigation system. The system–previously called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System was designed to provide accurate position information to users in India and as far as 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) from its borders.

India has been gaining recognition worldwide as a low-cost option for sending satellites into orbit. In 2014, it put a satellite into the orbit of Mars, becoming the first country in Asia to reach the red planet. India’s space minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday that the country also plans to launch a communications satellite that will provide enhanced bandwidth connectivity to rural areas.

The ISRO’s rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV, also carried five satellites from the U.K..The space agency said it was the thirty-fourth consecutive successful mission for the PSLV. ISRO plans to launch 22 satellites in another flight of PSLV including 19 satellites from four countries: 13 from the U.S., three from Germany, two from Canada and one from Indonesia.

Submission + - Launch companies lobby to maintain ban on use of Indian rockets (spacenews.com)

vasanth writes: In September 2015, for the first time India launched a U.S. satellite, the satellites belonged to a U.S. company, and India launched them from its trusted workhorse – the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which has launched satellites for 20 different countries. Other U.S. companies have sought launches on India’s PSLV, including a Google satellite scheduled for launch in April.

Later the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) endorsed an advisory committee’s recommendation that commercial U.S. satellites continue to be barred from using the PSLV. In its Feb. 26 decision, the FAA said it agreed with its Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) that Indian launch services, owned and controlled by the Indian government, threaten to “distort the conditions of competition” in the launch-services market.

Submission + - Wine 1.8 Released (winehq.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Wine 1.8.0 is now the latest stable release of Wine Is Not An Emulator and available from WineHQ.org. Wine 1.8 features include support for DirectWrite, Direct2D support, very limited Direct3D 11 support, simple application support of DIrect3D 10, support for process jobs, 64-bit architecture support on OS X, networking updates, and over 13,000 other individual changes.

Submission + - ISRO launches six Singaporean satellites

vasanth writes: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched six Singapore satellites on Wednesday, the Indian space agency also tested the fourth stage of its PSLV rocket, the PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

The test to restart the fourth stage of the PSLV rocket would help India in its future launches while attempting to launch multiple satellites in different orbits. Restarting a rocket engine soon after it is shut off is a critical technology that has to be mastered. Once a rocket engine is activated, then the heat generated is very high. The trick is to cool it down in the space and to restart it at a short gap.

With the latest, India has launched a total of 57 foreign satellites for 20 countries, the Wednesday’s launch earned India 26 million euros.

TeLEOS-1 the primary satellite is the first Singapore commercial earth observation satellite. It was launched into a low Earth orbit for "remote sensing" applications. The satellites will orbit around the equator and gather data that will benefit those in the equatorial region. The satellites was put into a 550 kms circular orbit inclined at 15 degrees to the equator.

The next three satellite launches using the Indian PSLV rocket would be navigation satellites, they would be followed by some multiple satellite launches for other countries.

Submission + - Indian Space Research Organisation launches six Singaporean satellites

vasanth writes: The Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday successfully launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles core alone variant (PSLV-C29), which was carrying six Singaporean satellites.

The successful launch of these satellites takes ISRO's total flights of foreign satellites to 57. For the first time for ISRO, the launched satellites will orbit around the equator and gather data that will benefit those in the equatorial region.

Comment Wallmart (Score 1) 83

I used to deal with Wallmart as a supplier.. Their order management system and accounts is very inefficient. My deliveries routinely get lost in their system and my payments are missed with no proper way to track them.. I have stopped doing business with them as they refuse to acknowledge that I have made certain deliveries for which I have not received payment. Their stores are sometime unable to generate GRN due to system inefficiencies.. I don't trust their IT systems at all..

Submission + - ISRO launches Astrosat, India's first dedicated space observatory

vasanth writes: A few days after it celebrated the successful completion of a year around the Red planet by its first inter-planetary mission — the Mars Orbiter, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday launched its first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory into space, besides six satellites for Canada, Indonesia and the United States. Though the national space agency has launched satellites for Indonesia and Canada earlier, this is the first time ISRO is launching satellites for the United States.

ASTROSAT will observe universe in the optical, Ultraviolet, low and high energy X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, whereas most other scientific satellites are capable of observing a narrow range of wavelength band. All major astronomy Institutions and some Universities in India will participate in these observations, ISRO said on its website, these include Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics and Raman Research Institute.

Submission + - ISRO successfully launches satellite into geostationary orbit

vasanth writes: Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) on Thursday cleared all doubts on its cryogenic capabilities, successfully launching the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6), placing GSAT-6, a 2,117kg communication satellite in orbit.

The GSLV D-6 is the second successful consecutive launch of the GSLV series with indigenous cryogenic upper stage. ISRO had on January 5, 2014 launch GSLV D-5, after a similar attempt failed in 2010.

For the country, ISRO perfecting the cryogenic engine technology is crucial as precious foreign exchange can be saved by launching communication satellites on its own. Currently ISRO flies its heavy communication satellites by European space agency Ariane.

ISRO has already perfected it's Polar Launching Vehicle for launching lighter satellites which has decades of success stories. It has already put 45 foreign satellites of 9 nations into orbit. ISRO is to put 9 satellites in space using PSLV launcher for the United States in 2015-2016.

Submission + - The Indian Space Research Organisation launches record five UK satellites

vasanth writes: India launched its heaviest commercial space mission ever with its polar rocket successfully putting five British satellites into the intended orbit after a flawless takeoff. With the overall mass of five satellites being about 1,440 kg, this launch becomes the "heaviest commercial mission" ever undertaken by ISRO and its commercial arm Antrix Corporation.

The workhorse of India’s space program, the PSLV is on a run of twenty five consecutive successful launches. First flown in 1993, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV, is by far India’s most-used rocket for orbital missions – accounting for thirty of the country’s 46 launches to date including Friday’s.

Submission + - India successfully test fires its heaviest rocket

vasanth writes: India on Thursday moved forward in rocket technology with the successful flight testing of its heaviest next generation rocket and the crew module . The 630-tonne three-stage rocket, Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, carried active solid boosters, liquid core stage and a passive cryo stage and a crew module to test its re-entry characteristics.

This rocket is capable of doubling the capacity of payloads India can carry into space and it can deposit up to four tonne class of communication satellites into space. India also plans to use this rocket for ferrying Indian astronauts into space.

For India, ISRO the Indian space agency perfecting the cryogenic engine technology is crucial as India can save precious foreign exchange by launching heavy duty communication satellites by itself.

Submission + - India Successfully Launches navigation satellite 1

vasanth writes: India has successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), early on October 16. This is the 27th consecutively successful mission of the PSLV(Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). The entire constellation of seven satellites is planned to be completed by 2015.

The satellite is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as in the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area.

In Kargil war in 1999 the Indian military sought GPS data for the region from the US. The space-based navigation system maintained by the US government would have provided vital information, but the US denied it to India. A need for an indigenous satellite navigation system was felt earlier, but the Kargil experience made India realise its inevitability in building it's own navigation system. "Geopolitical needs teach you that some countries can deny you the service in times of conflict. It's also a way of arm twisting and a country should protect itself against that," said S Ramakrishnan, director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram

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