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Leading the flight is Jared Isaacman, 38, who made his fortune with a payment-processing company he started in his teens

SpaceX's first private flight with 4 amateurs blasts off on Earth-circling trip

Sep 16, 2021

The Dragon capsule's two men and two women are looking to spend three days circling the world from an unusually high orbit 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station before splashing down off the Florida coast this weekend.

Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics have argued that NASA was required to make multiple awards (Source:Reuters)

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin sues NASA for awarding $2.9 bn lunar lander contract to Elon Musk's SpaceX

Aug 17, 2021

Blue Origin said its lawsuit filed in the US Court of Federal Claims on Friday is "an attempt to remedy the flaws in the acquisition process found in NASA’s Human Landing System"

Nasa veered from its original dual-source acquisition strategy (Source: Reuters)

Jeff Bezos offers $2 bn to NASA in exchange for moon mission contract to Blue Origin

Jul 27, 2021

Blue Origin would waive payments in the government’s current financial year and the next ones after that up to US$2 billion, and pay for an orbital mission to vet its technology.

Among the multiple interns in the collage was a picture of an Indian-American girl (Source: Twitter)

NASA intern mocked for having Goddess Laxmi, Saraswati idols near laptop; Netizens call out 'Hinduphobia'

Jul 13, 2021

In a photo posted by NASA, the intern's laptop can be seen surrounded with idols of Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati. This particular photo caught the attention of Netizens, with many tweeting out their takes on the image

Bandla wanted to be an astronaut, but she could not achieve her dream to become an astronaut for NASA or become a pilot due to poor eyesight. (Source: PTI)

'Incredible, life-changing': India-born Sirisha Bandla on trip to space with Richard Branson

Jul 12, 2021

Emotionally describing the moment Bandla said, "I have been dreaming of going to space since I was young and literally it is a dream come true,"

China to launch high-stakes crewed mission to new space station on June 17

Jun 16, 2021

China will launch Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo into orbit aboard the spacecraft Shenzhou-12 at 9:22 a.m. (0122 GMT) on June 17 from Jiuquan in northwestern Gansu province

Mars helicopter heard humming through thin Martian air, NASA releases audio clip

May 08, 2021

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released its first-ever audio on Friday, just before Ingenuity was set to soar on its fifth test flight

NASA's helicopter Ingenuity makes first historic flight over Mars

Apr 20, 2021

NASA's experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into  thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The mini 4-pound copter even carried a bit of wing fabric from the Wright Flyer that made similar history at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903. The triumph was hailed as a Wright brothers' moment. Flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California declared a success after receiving the data and images via the Perseverance rover. Ingenuity hitched a ride to Mars on Perseverance, clinging to the rover's belly when it touched down in an ancient river delta in February. Watch the video for more.

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Bob Balram, chief engineer of Ingenuity

Meet Bob Balram: The IITian behind NASA's first flight on Mars

Apr 20, 2021

The chief engineer of Ingenuity helicopter is an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras) alumni, Bob Balram who completed his mechanical engineering between 1975-1980

Vaccine for all adults; India needs vaccine licences, says Chandrasekaran

Apr 20, 2021

In the view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country, the government on Monday announced that from May 1 everyone above the age of 18 years would be eligible to get the vaccination against the virus; British finance minister Rishi Sunak told the Bank of England on Monday to look at the case for a new "Britcoin", or central bank-backed digital currency, aimed at tackling some of the challenges posed by cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin; NASA has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The American space agency's miniature robot chopper called 'Ingenuity' was airborne for less than a minute early on Monday, April 19. Watch this and more news on News Blast.

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UK adds India to COVID-19 travel 'red list' amid new variant cases

Apr 20, 2021

UK adds India to COVID-19 travel 'red list' amid new variant cases

Britain on Monday added India to its COVID-19 travel "red list", which effectively bans all travel from the country and makes a 10-day hotel quarantine compulsory for UK residents arriving back to the country. Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the move in the House of Commons as he revealed that 103 cases of the so-called Indian variant had been identified in the UK, of which the "vast majority have links to international travel".

COVID-19 vaccination to be available to all above 18 from May 1

In the view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country, the government on Monday announced that from May 1 everyone above the age of 18 years would be eligile to get the vaccination against the virus. Vaccine manufacturers have been permitted to release up to 50 per cent of their supply to state governments and in the open market at a pre-declared price.

India needs to get multiple COVID-19 vaccine licences, ramp up production: Chandrasekaran

Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran on Monday said India needs to get as many different COVID-19 vaccine licences as possible and replicate multiple factories on a war footing to ramp up production in order to meet the requirements as the country. The country is currently reeling under the devastating second wave of the pandemic.

WH refuses to comment on SII's request to lift ban on vaccine raw material export to India

The White House on Monday did not respond to questions on the request by Serum Institute of India to lift export ban on certain raw materials needed for ramping up production of COVID-19 vaccine. The Serum Institute of India has been saying that the Biden administration is blocking exports of raw materials that it needs to make COVID vaccines, and the Serum Institute has also urged President Biden to lift that embargo.

UK forms taskforce for state-backed digital currency Britcoin

British finance minister Rishi Sunak told the Bank of England on Monday to look at the case for a new "Britcoin", or central bank-backed digital currency, aimed at tackling some of the challenges posed by cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. A BoE-backed digital version of sterling would potentially allow businesses and consumers to hold accounts directly with the bank and to sidestep others when making payments, upending the lenders' role in the financial system.

NASA's 'Wright Brothers moment'; flies first helicopter on MarsNASA has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The American space agency's miniature robot chopper called 'Ingenuity' was airborne for less than a minute early on Monday, April 19. With this, NASA has achieved the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another planet.