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Train 18

It is India’s first indigenously designed locomotive-less (engine less) train. It breached the 180 kmph speed limit during test run. It is called Vande Bharat Express. It will become the country’s fastest train. It will be replacing current 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. Thus it is touted as next generation Shatabdi Express. It will be first long-distance …

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Gold dore

It is semi-pure alloy of gold and silver which is refined for further purification. Proportions of silver and gold can vary widely. It is usually created at site of a mine and then transported to refinery for further purification. Refined gold bars are manufactured from gold dore bar. India imports about 900 tonnes of gold …

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Natural gas

Natural Gas: Natural gas is a superior fuel as compared with coal and other liquid fuels, as it is environment friendly, safer and cheaper fuel. It can be supplied through pipelines and hence, there is no need to store cylinders in kitchen and thus saves space. It is environment friendly fuel and its usage as …

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Igla-S missile

Developed by Russia It is a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) It has won bid for Indian Army’s Very Short Range Air Defence deal. It offers superior performance over earlier supplied SA-18 missiles to India. It is designed for use against visible aerial targets at short range such as tactical aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicle …

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GSLV MKIII

GSLV MKIII is ISRO’s fifth generation three stage heavy lift launch vehicle. The launch vehicle is capable of placing satellites weighing 4000 kg in GTO. The first stage constitutes two massive boosters with solid propellants. The core with liquid propellant and the cryogenic engine constitutes the second and third stages respectively. The weight of GSLV …

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GSAT-29

Communication satellite. Weighing 3,423 kg A multiband and multi-beam satellite. The mission life will be 10 years. Launched by GSLV MK III The satellite’s Ku-band and Ka-band payloads will cater to the communication needs of people residing in remote parts of the country especially those from Jammu & Kashmir and North-Eastern regions. Significance: With the …

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SpaceX

SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) is a private aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in California, US. It was founded in 2002 by Internet tycoon Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and former PayPal entrepreneur with the goal of creating the technologies to reduce space transportation costs and enable colonization of Mars. SpaceX …

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GSAT-11

India’s heaviest and most advanced communications satellite It was launched on board of Ariane 5 VA-246 rocket from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana. GSAT-11 also called Big Bird has been indigenously developed by ISRO. Weighs 5854 kg It will provide high data rate connectivity to Indian mainland and islands users through 32 user beams in …

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