Science & Technology Current Affairs - 2020

Science & Technology Current Affairs 2019-2020 category comprises current affairs with all important national / international updates in science and tech and events for the year 2019-2020 for UPSC, States, Civil services, SSC and other competitive examinations of India and States.

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ISRO to launch 10 Earth Imaging Satellites in 2020 including first Geo Imaging Satellite-1

On February 15, 2020, ISRO published its annual report 2019-20. According to the report, the Indian Space Research Organization will launch 10 Earth Observation Satellites in 2020-21. It includes the first Geo Imaging Satellite, GISAT-1.

Highlights

The report says that 18 communication satellites, 19 national Earth Observation satellites and eight navigation satellites are in service. Out of these, 3 of these communication satellites are dedicated for military communication.

For the year 2019-20, ISRO had planned for 17 missions. Out of these, six are yet to be completed and are expected to be completed by March 31, 2020.

Annual Plan

According to the report, ISRO has planned 36 missions in the upcoming year. It includes six Earth Observation satellites. The organization also has plans to add 8 Earth Observation satellites in 2021-22.

The Earth Observation satellites to be launched includes RISAT-2BR2. The RISAT-2BR2 with its fleet of predecessors RISAT-2B and RISAT-2B1 will be placed 120 degrees apart. RISAT are Radar Imaging Satellites that provide all weather surveillance using SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radars).

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“Apiary on Wheels” launched: A Unique Concept to help bee keeping, achieve National Honey Mission

On February 13, 2020, the Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) launched “Apiary on Wheels”. It is a unique concept framed by KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission). The main aim of “Apiary on Wheels” is to make migration easy.

Highlights

Apiary on wheels is an approach to make beekeeping simpler. It is a platform to carry 20 Bee Boxes. The vehicle has 2 large wheels on either sides and 4 separate compartments to place the boxes.

It also has a solar panel that automatically powers a fan when the temperature inside the boxes reaches 35 degree Celsius.

Also, it is designed in such a way that it can easily be connected with tractors or trolleys.

As a beginning, they are to be placed in mustard farms.

Significance

It addresses the challenges faced by the beekeepers. Bee keeping involves laborious and mental challenges such a placing the bee boxes in strategic positions, migrating the bee boxes and fulfil the nourishment needs of the bees. The Apiary on Wheels addresses all the above issues.

The concept was launched as a part of National Honey Mission launched in 2017

National Honey Mission

The mission since its launch has been training beekeepers, educating unemployed youths, distributing bee boxes. Under the mission, KVIC provides training and awareness to Bee farmers.

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