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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ETRSS: Ethiopia’s first satellite launched from China

Ethiopia launched its first satellite, ‘Ethiopian Remote Sensing Satellite’ (ETRSS) from China. ERSS is a remote-sensing microsatellite, that was launched in order to help African country’s research into climate change. It was sent into space together with 8 other satellites by a Long March-4B carrier rocket from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) in Shanxi Province of north China.

About Ethiopian Remote Sensing Satellite (ETRSS)

This wide-range multispectral remote-sensing microsatellite weighs about 65 kg and has a design life of 2 years. It can obtain remote-sensing data for agriculture, forestry, water conservation, as well as disaster prevention and mitigation. The satellite was donated to Ethiopia by China and this microsatellite program has helped establish strong collaboration between Ethiopia and China.

The satellite was designed by Chinese and Ethiopian engineers and Chinese government paid about $6m of more than $7m manufacturing costs.

Application: The satellite data will be used for monitoring and analysis of agriculture, environment, drought, natural disasters, mineral exploration, weather forecasts and climate change.

NOTE: This launch makes Ethiopia the 11th African country to put a satellite into space and Egypt was the first in 1998.

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Future Skills: Wipro, NASSCOM launch platform to train 10,000 engineering students

Information Technology firm Wipro has partnered with IT body NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) to launch a skilling platform called ‘Future Skills’ for new age technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) that will reach 10,000 students from over 20 engineering colleges in India.

About ‘Future Skills’ Platform

The initiative is a part of Wipro’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, TalentNext which aims to enhance quality of engineering education by preparing faculty and academic leaders to train students.

Future Skills is a new age platform built to bridge industry-academia skill gap as well as help students keep pace with emerging technologies like- AI, IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity – to make them future-ready. It will create a talent pool of students, certified by Wipro and NASSCOM.

The platform enables learning the skills required in emerging technologies and more importantly, it helps individuals develop an aptitude for learning. It allows content and people to come together as well as allows curation and learning at one’s own pace.

NASSCOM aims to add 90 million working professionals to industry by 2030, and the partnership with Wipro will ensure they possess the right skills to be employed.

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