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Air Force stands up new Space Operations Directorate

Air Force stands up new Space Operations Directorate

Business
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has announced that its new Space Operations Directorate begins initial operating capability this coming Monday.The 43-member staff of the directorate, or AF/A11, is composed of military, government and contractor personnel. Shawn Barnes has been named assistant deputy chief of staff for Space Operations, and Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln will serve as mobilization Assistant to the deputy chief of staff for Space Operations.AF/A11 is meant to be a strong advocate for space capabilities inside the Air Force and with national security, commercial, and international partners."The A11 will be key to ensuring we link combatant commander and service space requirements with our capabilities," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, the joint chief most respo...
NASA TV to broadcast six-hour space walk outside ISS

NASA TV to broadcast six-hour space walk outside ISS

Science
Aug. 11 (UPI) -- NASA's own TV channel is scheduled to broadcast a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The walk will take place on August 17, and coverage will begin at 10 a.m. EDT.The spacewalk will be carried out by a pair Russian cosmonauts, Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy. While outside the space station, the duo will manually launch five nanosatellites, each with a different purpose -- not all of them scientific.One of the miniature satellites is encased in paneling created by 3D printers. The cubed satellite will help researchers test the effects of low-Earth orbit on 3D printed materials.Another mini satellite is being launched in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Sputnik 1 launch, the world's first a...
Piramal Finance commits Rs 400cr in emerging, mid-market space

Piramal Finance commits Rs 400cr in emerging, mid-market space

Finance
NEW DELHI: Financial services firm, Piramal Finance today said it has sanctioned Rs 400 crore through its vertical - Emerging Corporate Lending (ECL) to fund emerging and mid-market businesses. ECL has been set up as a sector-agnostic platform and engages with clients across manufacturing, trade and services sectors, offering solutions with ticket size ranging from Rs10-100 crore. "This is a natural progression for our platform and adds both diversification and granularity to our existing lending portfolio. With competitive interest rates and a flexible product offering, we are confident that Piramal Finance will be able to scale up its presence within this space," Piramal Finance managing director, Khushru Jijina said in a statement here today. ECL has provided funding to sectors as ...
Office space leasing down 2% in top 7 cities during January-June: Colliers

Office space leasing down 2% in top 7 cities during January-June: Colliers

Finance
NEW DELHI: Office space leasing fell 2 per cent in January-June 2017 to 18.9 million sq ft in seven top cities but demand is expected to remain steady in the second half, according to property consultant Colliers. "The gross office take-up amounted to 9.6 million sq ft in Q2 2017 representing a nominal 2 per cent increase quarter- on-quarter from 9.3 million sq ft," Colliers India said in a statement. Total office absorption in H1 2017 stands at 18.9 million sq ft, marginally down by 2 per cent from the corresponding period of last year, it added. Colliers tracks seven office markets -- Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune. "Despite recent layoffs' alert by technology companies due to automation and changing technology, we expect the commercial market to...