India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft’s tricky mission to #Moon’s south pole

India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will attempt to land a briefcase-sized rover onto the Moon’s surface, 600km from the lunar south pole, while an orbiter above searches for water – vital to future manned missions. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft’s tricky mission to #Moon’s south pole

India’s tricky mission to Moon’s south pole with the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft- an annotated infographic

On the first day of next month, 1 April 2018, India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will attempt to land a briefcase-sized rover onto the Moon’s surface, 600km from the lunar south pole, while an orbiter above searches for water – vital to future manned missions. This is no joke (India has no concept of April Fools’ Day). India’s Moon ambitions are very real, completely serious and technologically advanced. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading India’s tricky mission to Moon’s south pole with the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft- an annotated infographic

#India celebrates its first high-speed rail line becoming a reality – an annotated infographic

Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are to lay the foundation stone for India’s first high-speed rail line that could see trains run at 350 kilometres an hour. The projects is part of a ‘Diamond Qaudrilateral’ of high-speed trains over 10,000km of track that India wants to set up connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #India celebrates its first high-speed rail line becoming a reality – an annotated infographic

#India buys six stealth submarines – an annotated infographic

In what is said to be its largest ever underwater defence deal, India has initiated the process to acquire six new submarines, which are seen as crucial to counter China’s growing undersea prowess. As part of the long-delayed deal, India’s Ministry of Defence has issued the Request For Information (RFI) to Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden and Spain to build the submarines with an estimated Rs. 70,000 crore ($10.9 billion) together with an Indian shipyard. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #India buys six stealth submarines – an annotated infographic

India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

Preliminary design of India’s proposed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will begin in March, with a target of flying the aircraft in 2024 and making it ready for service as early as 2030. The twin-engine stealth warplane will likely feature an upgraded version of the General Electric F414 powerplant. The AMCA is aimed at replacing much smaller ground attack jets such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-27. Russian technology includes Sukhoi stealth, active electronically scanned array or AESA radar and three-dimensional thrust vectoring for the AMCA’s engines. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

#Google rolls out high-speed WiFi to India’s train stations – an annotated infographic

Here’s a high-tech counterpoint to the traditional Westerner’s view of Indian train travel, a picture of thousands of smiling brown faces crowded into – and onto – antiquated rolling stock, bodies sprawled over the rooftop, hanging off the sides of the train, enjoying the subcontinent sunshine, while a splendidly uniformed buffet car representative tiptoes delicately amongst the huddled masses, offering tea and samosas. From now on, those huddled masses might also be wielding smartphones, laptops and iPads and surfing the information superhighway, as we used to call the internet back in the last century. Google is collaborating with Indian Railways … Continue reading #Google rolls out high-speed WiFi to India’s train stations – an annotated infographic

China plans railway to India through Tibet – an annotated infographic

China plans to extend its railway line to Tibet to the borders of India, Nepal and Bhutan once an extension to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and a key site in Tibetan Buddhism, opens in August. Critics say the railway spurs an influx of migrants, who threaten Tibetans’ cultural integrity. Beijing believes Tibet’s mineral reserves are worth around $96bn. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading China plans railway to India through Tibet – an annotated infographic

Farewell, curvaceous Amby! As Hindustan Motors ends production of India’s iconic #Ambassador, our Bangalore blogger reflects

As E&T news reported last week, Indian car-maker Hindustan Motors has announced the end of production of the Ambassador, India’s trademark vehicle which has barely changed since its introduction in 1958. Hindustan Motos said weak demand and financial difficulties had been the main reason behind the decision. The Ambassador, though now considered completely Indian, was modelled on the Morris Oxford III manufactured by Morris Motors, an Oxford-based company, between 1956 and 1959. The brand’s decline can be traced back to the 1980s when global automakers started setting up dealerships in India, offering cars with advanced design and better technology. Kavitha … Continue reading Farewell, curvaceous Amby! As Hindustan Motors ends production of India’s iconic #Ambassador, our Bangalore blogger reflects

Mangalyaan, India’s mission to Mars – an annotated graphic

It’s getting crowded out there on Mars. As if myriad Rovers traversing the Red Planet’s surface weren’t enough, now every Tom, Dick and Harri are sending interplanetary craft (Carpenters music optional) in its direction. The latest nation state to fling some space hardware Mars-wards is India. Its Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will perform a 160-day study of the planet as it orbits in an elliptical journey. If all goes well, more MOMs will follow. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Mangalyaan, India’s mission to Mars – an annotated graphic

Nuclear power: up in India, down in Japan – an annotated graphic

An infographic double-header today, as we mull on nuclear power’s varied fortunes in certain parts of the globe. In India, they’re planning a huge increase in nuclear power, with plans to build 48 new reactors by 2032. Over in Japan, understandably chastened by the Fukushima experience, they are being more circumspect about future use of nuclear, electing to close down some power stations and stop using nuclear power altogether during the latter 2030s. That said, those nuclear power stations already under construction in Japan will be completed, presumably primed to deliver 20 years of nuclear power. Click on the graphics … Continue reading Nuclear power: up in India, down in Japan – an annotated graphic