We bounced back with flying colours: Isro chief on Chandrayaan-2 launch

first_img Next Press Trust of India SriharikotaJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 20:24 IST Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan. (Photo: PTI)”We bounced back with flying colours… success is coming after a hollow”, a beaming Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan said after the successful launch of Moon mission Chandrayaan-2, which was hit by a technical snag last week.Addressing the gathering at the mission control centre after the GLSV-MKIII-M1 injected the three-module spacecraft in a precise launch from this sport, Sivan said not only Isro and India but the entire world was waiting for the launch.”We bounced back in flying colours after the earlier technical snag. Success is coming after a hollow,” Sivan said crediting the entire Team Isro for the success.”Immediately after the technical snag was observed in an intelligent way one week back, the entire team swung into action. The work done in the next 24 hours to bring the vehicle back to normal was mind-boggling,” Sivan said.The Rs 978 crore-mission was called off on July 15 barely an hour before the lift-off after the scientists noticed a glitch in the three-stage rocket during the propellant filling phase.However, after quick remedial action, it was rescheduled for Monday and launched successfully.”I am extremely happy to announce that GSLV Mark III successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 in the defined orbit, infact the orbit is 6,000 km more than what was intended,” Sivan said.The Isro chief said the success of the mission marked the beginning of the historical journey of India towards the moon to land at a place near South Pole to carry out scientific experiments.”Not only Isro and India, but the entire globe was waiting for this mission’s success, which we achieved now,” Sivan said.advertisementThe geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle lifted-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here into cloudy skies at 2.43 pm Monday and successfully placed the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into the earth orbit about 16 minutes later, completing the first phase of the mission.Noting that mission was yet to be completed, Sivan said the Chandrayaan-2 team was tasked with 15 “very crucial” manoeuvres in the next one-and-half months before the rover is landed on the lunar surface.”After the D-Day comes, we are going to experience 15 minutes of terror to ensure the landing is safely done near the Moon’s south pole,” Sivan said.Sivan was referring to the most complex phase of the mission when the scientists will carry out the soft landing of the rover on the Moon’s surface, expected around September 6-8.Crediting the Chandrayaan-2 team for “burning midnight oil” in the last one-and-a half years, Sivan said it was his dut to “salute” all of them who have worked for the mission’s success.Sivan expressed hope the space agency would work together, as always, for the missions in the pipeline, including Cartosat 3.Also Read | Chandrayaan-2 launched: Bullock cart to Moon, Internet documents India’s previous space missionsAlso Watch | The moment Chandrayaan 2 launched from SriharikotaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow Chandrayaan-2 We bounced back with flying colours: Isro chief on Chandrayaan-2 launchAddressing the gathering at the mission control centre, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan said not only Isro and India but the entire world was waiting for the launch.advertisementlast_img read more

Throttle Jockey: The Kawasaki H2 and Question One

first_imgBack in September, after a long run of rumors and teases that had the motorcycle press and speed freaks (the velocity kind) in a tizzy, Kawasaki pulled back the curtain on the H2R, a supercharged sport bike packing an astounding 300 brake horsepower – a good 100+ ponies more than pretty much anything else you can buy. A gigantic asterisk was also revealed: the H2R was a track-only bike and was not street legal.Of course, that just set the stage for putting the motorcycle press and speed freaks in a second tizzy as they waited for the other tire to drop on the street-legal version of the H2R, called the H2. When it was finally revealed, super-charger intact but detuned to some degree, all everyone really wanted to know is: how fast will it go?That seminal inquiry has been Question One since Gottlieb Daimler first fitted an internal combustion engine to a rickety wooden creation in the late 1800s. Once the little engine began filling the air with oil smoke and noise, Herr Daimler and whoever else was twisting wrenches most certainly took turns hopping aboard and seeing what she could do. Could it outrun a horse? Eh, probably not, but it beat walking.Refinement to the simple concept of fitting an engine to a bicycle began in earnest soon afterward, with Indian coming online in 1901 and Harley-Davidson getting started in 1903, among dozens of other bike makers. Competition pushed design forward and racing pushed speeds ever higher; horses were out of the game in short order.The Americans, Brits, Italians and Germans traded speed records and trophies for decades, but for the most part, consumers could rarely buy a bike that could top 100mph right off the showroom floor. That changed in a hurry when the Japanese bike makers got serious about speed in the 1960s, culminating in 1969 with the Honda CB750, which featured an air-cooled 77 horsepower inline 750cc four that could reliably and repeatedly hit 125mph or so by simply turning the throttle to the stop in 5th gear, no special skills or tuning magic required.Kawasaki, pretty much a high-speed boutique maker compared to Honda’s goliath, answered in 1972 with the H2 Mach IV, a 750cc 3-cylinder two-stroke speed machine with woeful handling that quickly earned the nickname “widowmaker.” They hit again in 1973 with the KZ900, a 903cc inline four that was a beast of a machine and upped the ante with dual-overhead cams and even more power. Suddenly, it was game on in Japan.The rapid pace of development there would temporarily bury the British bike industry as Triumph, Norton, BSA and others all turned out the lights. The Germans held fast (well, not really) and the Italians soldiered on, focusing more on style and handling than outright velocity. But that would eventually change.Like a biblical lineage, the Honda CB750 begat the CB900, then the CB1100F. The KZ900 spawned the KZ1000, KZ1100, GPZ750 Turbo, GPz750 and 900 Ninja (the “Top Gun” bikes), and eventually the ZX series of sport bikes, culminating in the ZX-11D, a somewhat portly land missile that could touch 174 miles an hour given enough straight road. Along the way, Suzuki mixed in light weight, good handling and big power with the GSX-R series and Honda was still game with the CBR line, of which the CBR1000 was capable of 150mph or better. Along the way, fuel injection and other modern tech began to replace carburetors and other outdated systems. Speeds kept rising.Then, in 1997, Suzuki unleashed the Hayabusa, a wind-tunnel sculpted 1300cc anomaly that got everyone’s attention when motorcycle magazines consistently posted top speeds in excess of 190mph, with Cycle World documenting 194mph on what Suzuki insisted was a perfectly stock bike. They immediately disappeared from showrooms at a heavy premium.And then it all ended.Bureaucrats in Europe, concerned over what they rightfully saw as a quickly escalating race to the 200mph mark, called a timeout by threatening to heavily tax any bike that could exceed 186 mph, or 300kph. It was called a “gentleman’s agreement” by bike makers but riders called it numerous other derisive names, including “coward’s agreement.”With the top speed war on pause, bike makers focused on other aspects of performance, namely handling and engine management technologies. Post-1997 sport bikes could often easily hit 186mph, but built-in electronic nannies now kept the peace. Testing for top speed became a moot point, the question simply became how quickly the newest model could make it to the new digital wall.Then, the H2R.When news of the supercharged track machine was finally confirmed, Question One returned. The answer? Still not precisely known, but many pundits say their math points to a top speed of about 250mph – on a track. With modern supercars rapidly closing in on 300 mph, 250 doesn’t have quite the glamour it may have years ago, but keep in mind this is from a bike that has an MSRP of 50 grand and not the better part of a million dollars. Sure, they’re all sold out now, but the motorcycling press and speed freaks are now waiting to see if the detuned street-legal H2 with adhere to the 186mph limit – or blow right through it.Because while the bureaucrats were sleeping, everyone has been dialing up the power, dialing back the weight and stuffing modern bikes with enough technology to shame most high-end sport cars. Crushers like the Ducati 1299 Pinagale, the BMW1200RR and now the Kawasaki H2 are lying in wait, 200+ horsepower engines at the ready.Will the H2 be the first halo bike to finally give 186 the finger? Stay tuned, because if it does, 200mph for $30,000 or less could be as close as turning an ignition key. What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Expertslast_img read more

UPS says global economy getting worse customers are nervous weakness in Asia

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 24, 2012 5:48 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – UPS expects the global economy to get worse before it gets better. Again.The world’s largest package delivery company is more pessimistic about U.S. growth than many economists. It predicts global trade will grow even slower than the world’s economies — a trend not seen since the recession. It’s making cuts in its business and reducing its earnings projections.UPS on Tuesday lowered its forecast for all of 2012 and said its third-quarter earnings will fall below last year’s results.Customers are worried about the global economy weakening in the second half of the year, the company said. Their skittishness was also felt in the second quarter, where UPS missed analysts’ expectations for both earnings and revenue. The stock fell nearly 5 per cent Tuesday.“Economies around the world are showing signs of weakening and our customers are increasingly nervous,” Chairman and CEO Scott Davis said in a conference call with analysts.That sentiment, along with similar comments from chemical maker DuPont, weighed on investors, who are already nervous about the global economy. The S&P 500 index dropped 0.5 per cent in the morning. UPS is a closely watched barometer of broader economic health because it moves millions of packages between consumers and businesses every day.UPS said it expects the U.S. economy, by far the world’s largest, will grow just 1 per cent this year. The company cited stalling growth from U.S. service companies, lower retail sales and still-high unemployment as signals that the U.S. isn’t holding up as well as UPS anticipated just three months ago.Although economists have been cutting their projections, estimates for U.S. economic growth this year are still in a range of about 1.8 per cent to 2 per cent.This marks the third straight year growth has stalled at mid-year after getting off to a promising start.UPS cut its full-year earnings forecast by 25 cents per share to $4.50 to $4.75. Wall Street had been expecting earnings of $4.82, according to FactSet.For the three months ended in June, UPS said net income rose 2 per cent to $1.12 billion, or $1.15 per share, compared with $1.09 billion, or $1.09 per share, a year earlier. Analysts expected $1.17 per share according to FactSet.Revenue for the Atlanta company rose 1.2 per cent to $13.35 billion.In the U.S., revenue rose 4 per cent from a year earlier, driven by a higher volume of packages. UPS said the increase was mostly due to a higher number of packages ordered from Internet retailers.Overseas, revenue fell 4 per cent on lower exports from Asia and falling revenue per package, an indication of lower prices.Revenue in UPS’ supply chain and freight business fell 1.7 per cent. That segment includes both UPS’ long haul trucking business and a unit that helps manufacturers streamline and make their businesses more efficient.A month ago, rival FedEx Corp. warned that slow global economic growth will crimp its earnings over the next 12 months.UPS said Tuesday that it’s cutting some flights out of Asia and reducing the frequency of others over the next several quarters to counter slowing demand. That amounts to a 10 per cent cut in capacity on Asia flights, on top of a previous 10 per cent reduction.The company warned it would take additional actions, if necessary, to bolster its financial results.UPS does see one bright spot ahead: it believes fourth-quarter earnings will be buoyed by major technology product launches ahead of the busy holiday season. Apple Inc. is expected to release a new version of the iPhone in the fall. UPS says global economy getting worse, customers are ‘nervous’; weakness in Asia and Europe read more