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Old 17th Feb 2017, 04:00   #21 (permalink)
 
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35mph they say.
I reckon the bloody things go faster than that tho - we had a few utterly terrifying rides through the streets of old Pune...
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Old 17th Feb 2017, 04:59   #22 (permalink)
 
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They could do far better investing more in their big underlying problem.


The World Bank, in 2011] estimated 23.6% of Indian population, or about 276 million people, lived below $1.25 per day on purchasing power parity. According to United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) programme 270 million or 21.9% people out of 1.2 billion of Indians lived below poverty line of $1.25 in 2011-2012.


That's about eight times the population of Canada.

$1.25? Try living on five bucks a day - anywhere.
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The World Bank, in 2011] estimated 23.6% of Indian population, or about 276 million people, lived below $1.25 per day on purchasing power parity. According to United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) programme 270 million or 21.9% people out of 1.2 billion of Indians lived below poverty line of $1.25 in 2011-2012.


That's about eight times the population of Canada.

$1.25? Try living on five bucks a day - anywhere.
Yup, almost every one of us posting here, no matter how 'deprived' we think we may be, won the lottery of life at the moment of conception.
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Old 20th Feb 2017, 20:06   #24 (permalink)
 
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The rocket was called 'Confetti' or the Indian translation. Meanwhile Newquay in SW England is ear-marked to be the UK's first 'Space Port'. The future: UK patients go to India for surgery of eyes & hips; India sends its space hardware to sunny UK for launch. It was all built with foreign aid and then we get it back again, with them paying for us to fire it up. Good game.
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Guess it kind of says something.
With all their love of bureaucracy, social problems, poverty and everything else, they were actually able to get their act together and do it.
Whereas Britain's launcher effort and sole satellite now hang from the Science Museum roof.
A dreadful shame.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 07:16   #26 (permalink)
 
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Not nit picking but I've run into so many people over the years who believe the UK has never launched a satellite, so just for clarity: you are right, there's a Black Arrow launcher and a satellite at the science museum. The launcher (serial R4) is the one that was rendered surplus when the project finished, the satellite Is the unused Prospero spare. The tragedy of all this is the UK ""got it together", or more accurately those involved in the project got things together at Woomera just long for one single successful satellite launch (Prospero) and then had to can the whole thing..something no other space faring nation has done....and I do agree: a dreadful shame.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 00:08   #27 (permalink)
 
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Noted Wiggy - the Black Arrow and Prospero hanging from the roof aren't the actual ones launched successfully from Woomera.
Britain did manage one launch.
According to Wiki - ISRO has so far managed 84 missions, 59 launches and counting.
Let's hope the Sabre engine and Skylon actually get off the ground figuratively and literally - but I'm not holding my breath...
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 01:50   #28 (permalink)
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Had a look at all the UK space and military hardware on display outside the museum at Woomera only 3 months ago.And Maralinga,where the UK did nuclear weapons testing, isn't far away from there either.

How times have changed.
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