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Nirmala Sitharaman launches facility for instant, free PAN using Aadhaar

Nirmala Sitharaman launches facility for instant, free PAN using Aadhaar

Finance
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today officially launched the instant Permanent Account Number (PAN) facility which uses Aadhaar number based e-KYC. The beta facility was earlier launched in February 2020 on the income tax department's e-filing website. The is a paperless, real-time basis facility. As per the income tax department, the turnaround time of allotting the PAN through this facility is 10 minutes. Only those applicants who have a valid Aadhaar number and have a mobile number registered with Aadhaar can use this facility. This electronic PAN (e-PAN) will be issued to applicants free-of-cost, the department said on its Twitter handle. Hon’ble FM Smt @nsitharaman formally launched the facility for instant allotment of PAN through Aadhaar based e-KYC… https://t.co/pDHW2D5vzu&am
NASA, SpaceX pick May 27 to resume astronaut launches in US

NASA, SpaceX pick May 27 to resume astronaut launches in US

Technology
NASA and SpaceX have chosen May 27 for resuming astronaut launches from the U.S. after nine yearsBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterApril 17, 2020, 10:08 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA and SpaceX have picked May 27 for resuming astronaut launches from the U.S. after nine years of complete Russian dependence. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the launch date Friday. Astronauts haven’t launched into orbit from the U.S. since NASA’s last space shuttle flight in 2011. SpaceX aims to end the drought by sending two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. “On May 27, @NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!” Bridenstine tweeted. Astronauts Doug Hurley an
NASA astronaut launches to space station from Kazakhstan

NASA astronaut launches to space station from Kazakhstan

Science
April 9 (UPI) -- NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy launched to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan early Thursday morning with two Russian cosmonauts. The rocket lifted off on schedule at 4:05 a.m. EDT from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome, staring a six-hour journey of orbiting the Earth four times before catching up to the space station. The launch took place amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the passengers having undergone a two-week isolation period before departure. They had minimal human contact during that period, except for close monitoring of health conditions, according to NASA. "What's new for me is everyone around us is in quarantine for two weeks," Cassidy said in a NASA video leading up to the launch. As with most crewed Soyuz launches, very little additional equipmen...
Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions

Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions

Technology
The newly established U.S. Space Force has launched its first national security satelliteBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMarch 26, 2020, 9:44 PM2 min readCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The newly established U.S. Space Force launched its first national security satellite Thursday with a leaner staff because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Nothing stops the space launch mission!" the 45th Space Wing tweeted from Cape Canaveral. The approximately $ 1 billion satellite is the sixth and final one in the U.S. military's Advanced Extremely High Frequency series. Upgraded from the older Milstar satellites, the constellation has provided secure communication from 22,000 miles (35,400 kilometers) up for nearly a decade. A powerful Atlas V rocket hoisted the 13,600-pound (6,168 kilogram) satellite. The n...
OneWeb launches 34 communications satellites from Kazakhstan

OneWeb launches 34 communications satellites from Kazakhstan

Science
March 21 (UPI) -- A Soyuz rocket carried 34 satellites toward orbit from Kazakhstan on time at 1:06 p.m. EDT Saturday in the third such launch for OneWeb spacecraft made in Florida. The launch will boost OneWeb's global network of satellites to 74 as it strives to provide high-speed Internet access to remote areas. OneWeb previously launched 40 satellites from space centers in Kazakhstan and South America. Saturday's launch came from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz rocket purchased through French space firm Arianespace. OneWeb is one of several U.S. companies competing to launch vast new constellations of satellites to provide high-speed, reliable internet around the globe. SpaceX has the largest constellation so far, at 362 satellites, and plans for up to 42,000. ...