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News in Short - 11-September-2020

US spacecraft named after Kalpana Chawla

Date: 11 September 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • An American commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been named after fallen NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first India-born woman to enter space.
  • Northrop Grumman, an American global aerospace and defence technology company, announced that its next Cygnus capsule will be named the "S.S. Kalpana Chawla", in memory of the mission specialist who died with her six crewmates aboard the space shuttle Columbia.
  • The S S Kalpana Chawla capsule is scheduled to launch on the NG-14 mission atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Indian Airforce formally inducts Rafale jets

Date: 11 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) hosted a ceremony at the Ambala airbase to formally induct the first five Rafale fighter jets.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly and India’s top military brass attended the ceremony.
  • This was the first induction of a new type of foreign-origin fighter jets by IAF since a batch of the Sukhois were delivered in the late 1990s.
  • Rafale is a multi-role combat aircraft, which means, it can be deployed in various scenarios such as carrying out combat missions to achieve air superiority, close air support, in-depth strikes, reconnaissance, anti-ship strikes and nuclear deterrence.

Silver Lake to buy 1.75% stake in Reliance Jio

Date: 11 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • US private equity firm Silver Lake will invest ? 7,500 crore in Reliance Retail for around 1.75 percent stake in the company.
  • This marks the second billion dollar investment by Silver Lake in a Reliance Industries subsidiary after the $1.35 billion investment in Jio Platforms announced earlier this year.
  • Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing, with over $40 billion in combined assets under management. The company has a terrific track record of investing in some of the largest and successful tech companies.

Norwegian lawmaker nominates Trump for Nobel Peace prize

Date: 11 September 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • An anti-immigrant Norwegian lawmaker said that he has nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East.
  • Trump has been nominated for his attempts to bring peace between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East.
  • Nominations can be made by a select group of people and organizations, including national lawmakers, heads of state and certain international institutions.
  • Earlier two Norwegian lawmakers had nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for efforts to bring reconciliation between North and South Korea. Any lawmaker serving in a national legislature can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Catherine Koerner to head Orion mission

Date: 11 September 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • NASA has selected Catherine Koerner to lead the development and operations of the agency's newest spacecraft, Orion, that will carry astronauts on Artemis missions to the Moon and return them safely to Earth.
  • Artemis I will be the first integrated flight test of Orion and the SLS next year. Artemis II will follow as the first human mission, taking astronauts farther into space than ever before. On Artemis III, astronauts will set foot on the Moon by 2024.
  • As the Orion programme manager, Koerner will be responsible for oversight of design, development and testing of the Orion spacecraft, as well as spacecraft manufacturing already under way at locations across the country and in Europe for ESA (European Space Agency).