Science & Tech Current Affairs

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.

Prime Minister launched Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge

For building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat using Digital Technologies, an App Innovation Challenge was launched on 4th July 2020 by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. In partnership with NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission, the App Innovation Challenge is an initiative by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Objective of the App Innovation Challenge

The objective is to explore the vibrant tech and startup ecosystem that India has by identifying those existing Applications from each respective category (that are already in use in the country), those have the potential to become a world-class application.

The Innovation Challenge will further provide a platform for providing momentum and mentorship to the innovative efforts made by an individual or entity.

App Innovation Challenge

The App Innovation Challenge will be conducted in two tracks:

  • Track 1: Existing Application having the potential to become a world-class application will be identified from 8 different categories (E-learning, Health & Wellness, News, Social Networking, Office Productivity & Work from Home, Entertainment, and Business). Each of the 8 categories will be having several subcategories. Cash rewards and Incentives will be provided to applications that feature in the leader boards. Track-1 is likely to be completed in a month. For participation under Track 1, individuals and entities can submit their entries online from 4th July to 18th July by visiting the MyGov portal.
  • Track 2: This Track will begin after the completion of Track 1. Track 2 will run for a longer duration of time. Under this Track new application based innovation, ideas, etc from individuals, start-ups, entities will be participating. The details about Track 2 will be issued later by the Ministry.

Quidich announced successful completion of India’s First NPNT Complaint Drone Flight

Mumbai based Quidich Innovation Labs Private Limited has announced that it has successfully completed the first No-Permission No-Takeoff (NPNT) compliant drone flight of India. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) identified the green field near Karnataka’s Tumkur were the first NPNT compliant drone flight of India was carried out.

The drone used for the flight is an Asteria Aerospace (Bengaluru based company) manufactured A200 micro drone. Back in October 2019, this A200 micro-drone was the first drone in India to be issued the Unique Identification Number (UIN) by the DGCA. U0000001 is the UIN of the A200 micro drone that has completed the first NPNT compliant drone flight of India.

The UIN- U0000001 A200 micro drone is owned by Quidich Innovation Labs Private Limited.

Background

For certified and compliant drone operations in India, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation launched the Digital Sky Platform on 1st December 2018. Under the Digital Sky platform, regulations and policies for flying Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS- means drones) were announced, as per which Nano drones can fly in India without any registration in the Digital Sky Portal or UIN.

For Micro and above category drones, obtaining UIN was made compulsory for the operators and pilots of the drone. The UIN can be obtained after proper registration of the drone (details of manufacturer and operator) from the Digital Sky web portal of the DGCA.