ISRO Will Teach 100 School Kids To Build Satellites In Summer, And Launch Them In Space

Earlier in January, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced a new programme to train young scientists in the country.

Now, the space agency is about to announce the lucky selected candidates that will receive first-hand training in satellite-building.

The Yuva Vigyani Karyakram (YUVIKA) will offer a merit list of about 100 selected Class 9 students the chance to obtain practical experience building satellites. The aim, ISRO Chairman K Sivan says, is to instill a sense of wonder and interest in space among young minds, in order to encourage budding astronomers towards the future of India's space industry.

One Nation One Card Set To Make Lives Easier From Today; Will Be Applicable Across All Modes Of Transport

Transportation means across India are set to get a huge plus today as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch the “One Nation One Card” in Ahmedabad. The card, essentially an amalgamation of all the smart cards used for different public transport services, can be used for paying for any mode of travel across the country.

As per government officials, the new card can be used by the commuters in PoS machines at ticket counters to get a ticket or just like a Metro Rail smart card directly.

Correspondingly, Delhi Metro has also started a test run for automatic fare collection counters (AFCs) which have been designed indigenously. The counters are able to read the new cards for seamless entry and exit of the commuters.

Skoda's Latest Electric Vehicle Is A Bike That Doesn't Have Pedals Or Any Hand Controls!

As the Geneva Motor Show unfolds, electric motors have found their way into the most fascinating vehicles on display. One such unveiling was that of the Battista by Automobili Pininfarina , officially the world's fastest electric car now and claimed to be the most powerful car produced in Italy.

The electric drivetrain are not restricted to just cars though. In fact the assortment of the electric power has been brought in by none other than renowned car maker SKODA. What the company has come up with something that closely resembles an electric bicycle, but it is not. It might be considered a unique take on electric scooters, but then, there is more than one way in which it differs from the conventional e-bikes.

Get this, the new SKODA KLEMENT comes with bicycle-like wheels but also car like accelerator and brake pedals. The peculiar part is that both the components are not found on the handlebar. Instead, both acceleration and braking are handled by foot pedals.

The pedals do not work in the conventional way either. Much like an electric unicycle, or the gears on an IC engine bike, the paired foot pedals have to be tilted forward to accelerate and backwards for braking.

Backing this up, is a 4 kW rear hub motor mounted in a single-sided frame. While the acceleration through the motor is expected to be aplenty, the top speed has been limited to 45 kmph, majorly to keep the SKODA KLEMENT legal in as many international markets as possible while avoiding the need of a motorcycle license to ride it.

The motor relies on two removable batteries with a combined power of 1.25 kWh, expected to be enough for a 62 kms run on a single charge. As for its braking, the KLEMENT uses hydraulic disc brake on the front wheel, while electronic ABS motor braking keeps the rear wheel under control. The KLEMENT also comes with integrated LED lights for riding at the night.


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