May Month Science and Technology Information 2018:
1. DRDO Chairman S Chistopher, that the Rustom-II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and delivered to the armed forces by 2020.
2. MobiKwik announced the launch of Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on its platform via its own Virtual payment address (VPA) handle @ikwik. MobiKwik is the first in the industry to offer UPI access to a huge base of three million merchants on its app.
3. The UNICEF launched a “Data visualization app” which provides a user-friendly visual representation of complex analytics of the education scenario in the country.
4. India successfully test-fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast to validate some new features. According to DRDO, the missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launchpad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
5. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), which had conceived and designed the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, has set the ball rolling for building the next generation defense aircraft, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), by extending an invitation to private players in Coimbatore to build a technology demonstrator.
6. Scientists have discovered the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe, describing it as a monster that devours (eats) a mass equivalent to our Sun every two days. The discovery of the new supermassive black hole was confirmed using the spectrograph on the Australian National University (ANU) 2.3-metre telescope to split colours into spectral lines.
7. The California-based aerospace company, SpaceX has blasted off its most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, which is certified to carry humans to space later this year.
8. Scientists have discovered world’s second oldest grain of magnetic zircon from champuna from Singhbhum rock sample in Odisha’s Kendujhar district. It is an estimated 4, 240 million years old.
9. Google has officially launched Android Things, in an effort to better secure and control Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
10. Yahoo has launched its own new group chat app named Squirrel.
11. China successfully launched Gaofen-5, a hyper-spectral imaging satellite, as part of the country’s high- resolution Earth observation project.
12. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an atomic clock that will be used in navigation satellites to measure precise location data. The space agency currently imports atomic clocks from European aerospace manufacturer Astrium for its navigation satellites.
13. Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940’s vintage named as “Parshuram” ones again joined Indian Air Force more than four decades after the fleet was phased out following an illustrious service record. The Dakota DC-3 VP 905 aircraft was formally inducted at a grand ceremony held at Hindan air force station.
14. Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org has announced $3 million in grants for teacher training and educational content creation in India. The organization committed $1 million to TheTeacherApp to help them reach 5,00,000 teachers in two years.