DRDO Current Affairs - 2019

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ISRO sets up Space Technology Cells in premier institutions

The Indian Space Research Organization will set up five Space Technology Cells at the premier institutes in order to carry out research activities. It includes IISc, IITs in Kharagpur, Bombay, Madras and Kanpur.

Space Technology cell

The Technology cells will consist of professors and scholars associated with the institute. Under the programme, the experts will conduct space technology research and applications.

Currently, such a joint programme is being implemented by IIT-Roorke, DRDO and ISRO on “Thin Membrane-based technology to develop parachutes for fighter aircraft”. The STCs are in functioning for more than three decades

RESPOND Programme

The Space Technology cells were established under RESPOND Programme that was started in 1970s. Under this programme the STCs were installed across various premier institutions. The projects run for stipulated time period. New cells are formed after the completion of time period of the project.

Under the programme, the cells develop propulsion systems design and optimization, rocket and satellite technology, aerodynamics and heat transfer related problems.

India conducts successful trial of indigenously made Prithvi-2 missile

India has successfully conducted another night trial of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-2 missile from a mobile launcher of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha coast. The successful test fires were part of a routine user trial for armed forces and met all parameters. Earlier, the flight test of surface-to-surface missile was carried out barely a 15 days after two back-to-back trials of Prithvi-2 were conducted successfully at night from same base on 20 November.

About Prithvi-2 Missile

It is a tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) with a strike range of 350 kilometres and is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kilograms of warheads. The state-of-the-art missile is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.

The has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDM). It is deployed by Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the armed forces. The 9-metre-tall, single-stage liquid- fuelled ‘Prithvi’ is first missile to have been developed by DRDO under IGMDP. The missile has been already inducted into the armoury of defence forces in 2003.