Science and Technology

ISRO to launch M3M satellite of Canada

Canada’s M3M (Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Micro-Satellite)  is set to be launched by India’s PSLV rocket. The agreement for the same was signed by India’s Antriux Corp. and Canada’s COM DEV Intl. The satellite is due to be launched in July 2015. The satellite was built for the Canadian Department of National Defence, and is a communications satellite. The satellite was built at a cost of $21 mn by COM DEV Intl.

Initially, the satellite was to have been launched on a Soyuz rocket in Russia. However, in light of the international restrictions on trade with Russia due to the Crimea and Ukraine crisis, Canada decided not to go ahead with the arrangement.


ISRO gets ready for the launch of IRNSS 1C

IRNSS 1C, the next satellite in India’s IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System) series, is set to be launched on October 9 by ISRO. IRNSS 1C will be launched on a PSLV C26 from Sriharikota. The satellite is similar to, and follows the IRNSS 1A and 1B which were launched in April 2013 and July 2014 respectively.

IRNSS is a navigation system that will cover India, and also extend 1,500 kms from its boundaries. It will provide accurate position information to users in India and will also be used for terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, fleet management and for vehicle tracking. However, to be able to use the IRNSS satellites, ISRO will have to launch at least four of the seven planned IRNSS satellites. IRNSS is similar to other satellite navigation service providers like USA’s GPS (Global Positioning System), Russia’s Glonass, Europe’s Galileo, Japan’s Quasi Zenith and China’s Beidou.


List of 2014 Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award Winners

The winners of the 2014 edition of the annual Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award were announced by CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) at its 72nd Foundation Day celebrations on 26 September 2014. The 10 awardees have been chosen from various prestigious research institutions in India. The list of awardees of this year’s prize are as follows:-

Biological Sciences

  • Roop Mallik Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai

Chemical Sciences

  • Kavirayani Ramakrishna Prasad Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru.
  • Souvik Maiti Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) New Delhi.

Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

  • Sachchida Nand Tripathi Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

Engineering Sciences

  • S Venkata Mohan Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad.
  • Soumen Chakrabarti Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai.

Mathematical Sciences

  • Kaushal Kumar Verma Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru.

Medical Sciences

  • Anurag Agrawal Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) New Delhi.

Physical Sciences

  • Pratap Raychaudhuri Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai.
  • Sadiqali Abbas Rangwala Raman Research Institute Bengaluru.

This award is given in the memory of Sir Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar, who was Founder -Director of CSIR and first Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC). He is known as Father of Indian Research Laboratories, remembered for having established various chemical labs in the country. The award is conferred on individuals for their pathbreaking contributions to the world of science and technology. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh, a citation and a plaque.  Read more about him here.