Science & Technology Current Affairs - 2019

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Military Communication Satellite GSAT-7A successfully launched by ISRO

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the communication satellite GSAT-7A on 19th December 2018 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. GSAT-7A weighing 2250 kg was launched using Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F11).

About GSAT-7A Satellite:

  • ISRO’s GSAT-7A satellite is the heaviest satellite (2250 kgs) with an indigenously developed cryogenic stage that has been launched by GSLV.
  • GSAT-7A is a high-tech communication satellite having new technologies including a Gregorian Antenna.
  • It is the 39th communication satellite of ISRO and will mainly be used for military applications. Indian Air Force’s existing communication capabilities of satellites will be augmented with GSAT-7A
  • GSAT-7A will offer services to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region.

The launch of GSAT-7A was the 13th flight of GSLV-MkII and the seventh flight with an indigenously developed cryogenic engine. GSAT-7A was lifted off by GSLV which is ISRO’s fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages. The first stage consists of four liquid strap-ons and a solid rocket motor. The second stage of GSLV has a high thrust engine using liquid fuel. The third and final stage of the GSLV is the cryogenic upper stage.

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Foundation Stone of Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants (IHAMP) laid in J&K

On December 15, 2018, the foundation stone of Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants (IHAMP) was laid by Union Ministers Jitendra Singh and Shripad Yesso Naik (Ayush Ministry).

Location & Functions

The Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants will be located in Bhaderwah in Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir. It will provide research in medicinal plants and promote cultivation of medicinal plants. The institute will also provide employment and promote medicinal plant in foreign market.

Cost

The estimated cost of the construction of Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants is Rs 100 crore.

Focus on Research

Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants will be a pioneer in research on medicinal plants. It will help the farmers in cultivation of medicinal plants in a scientific manner. Training and capacity-building in the field of medicinal plants will also generate employment opportunity for youth in the region.

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