China said Friday its Beidou Navigation Satellite System that emulates the U.S. Global Positioning System will be competed with the launch of its final two satellites in the first half of next year.
Project director Ran Chengqi told reporters that the core of the positioning system was completed this month with the launch additional satellites bringing its total constellation to 24.
That was up from 19 the year before, making it one of rising space power China's most complex projects.
Ran described the system at a rare news conference as having "high performance indicators, new technology systems, high localization, mass production networking and a wide range of users."
"Before June 2020, we plan to launch two more satellites into geostationary orbit and the Beidou-3 system will be fully completed," Ran said.
The latest launches mark the third iteration of Beidou, meaning "Big Dipper," the first of which was decommissioned in 2012. Future plans call for a smarter, more accessible and more integrated system with Beidou at its core, to come online by 2035, Ran said.
"As a major space infrastructure for China to provide public services to the world, the Beidou system will always adhere to the development concept of 'China's Beidou, the world's Beidou, and the first-class Beidou,' serving the world and benefiting mankind," Ran said.
China's space program has developed rapidly along all lines over the past two decades and developing independent high-tech capabilities — and even dominating in fields such as 5G data processing — is a major government priority.
In 2003, China became just the third country to independently launch a manned space mission and has since constructed an experimental space station and sent up a pair of rovers to the surface of the moon. Future plans call for a fully-functioning permanent space station, a mission to mars and a possible crewed flight to the moon.
Israel has developed a laser-based system to intercept incendiary balloons and drones launched from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza Strip, local media reported Thursday.
The Hebrew language newspaper Israel Hayom quoted the Israeli police as saying that the system, named Light Blade, is the first in the world to demonstrate operational ability to shoot down such balloons and drones.
Palestinians in Gaza have been launching attacks at Israel with incendiary balloons and kites, which usually cause fires in the fields in southern Israel's settlements.
Drones carrying several types of explosives have also been launched into Israel in the past.
This led the Israeli police, together with the Israeli army and three civilian electro-optic experts, to develop this system, the report said.
After an incendiary balloon is detected, the system will lock it down and shoot it with a unique laser beam. In the case of a drone, the system could burn parts of it to bring it down.
The Israeli police said the system does not endanger other airborne factors in the target area, adding that the low cost of the system will enable rapid deployment.
Russia has announced the successful countrywide test of an alternative to global internet as experts fear that the policy could lead to repression of free speech.
Although details of the test are vague, the Russian Ministry of Communications claimed that ordinary users did not notice any changes, reports BBC.
The results will now be presented to President Putin.
Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey said the Russian move is “another step in the increasing breaking-up of the internet”.
He noted that authoritarian countries that want to control what their citizens see are looking at what Iran and China have already done.
This means people will not have access to dialogue about what is going on in their own country. “They will be kept within their own bubble," he noted.
The initiative involves restricting the points at which Russia's version of the net connects to its global counterpart, giving the government more control over what its citizens can access.
Russia plans to create its own Wikipedia and politicians have passed a bill that bans the sale of smartphones that do not have Russian software pre-installed.
Justin Sherman, a cyber-security policy fellow at the New America think tank, told the BBC that without more information about this test, it is hard to assess exactly how far Russia has progressed in the path towards an isolatable domestic internet.
Local news agencies, including Pravda, reported the deputy head of the Ministry of Communications had said that the tests of the scheme had gone as planned.
(With inputs from BBC)
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has launched an innovation center in the central city of Ramat Gan on Tuesday, in collaboration with the global accelerator company Starburst Aerospace.
The government-owned IAI said in its statement that the new center will support the implementation of its strategy which focuses on business performance, growth and profits.
The innovation center will work as a startup accelerator to support the advanced technology projects.
The center's innovation methodologies will encourage technological diversity and in-house entrepreneurship, while collaborating with startup companies.
In its first year, the center is expected to focus on technological challenges in the pre-seed stage, in partnerships with startups and large organizations.
The hi-tech teams selected to join the center will develop technologies such as aerospace artificial intelligence, innovative radar technology and robotics.
IAI CEO Nimrod Sheffer said that the innovation center is another step in the company's strategy to encourage individual, business and entrepreneurial excellence.
The government is going to make a National Strategy to use Blockchain Technology in different domains, including governance, banking and finance, agriculture, health and cyber security for reducing both cost and corruption, and ensuring transparency, officials said.
They said the emergence of Blockchain Technology will open up the window of opportunities to build and utilise a system where every possible state and interaction are verifiable by any authorised entities.
“Steps have been taken to make a separate policy, strategy and guideline on emerging technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics to use its potential for economic development,” said State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
He said the government is very much aware about the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that would create both challenges and opportunities.
“We want to utilise fully the potentials and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through mitigating its challenges,” Palak said.
Executive Director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Parthapratim Deb said the cutting-edge Blockchain Technology has already been incorporated in training certificates rendered by the BCC to check fraudulent practices.
As part of its plan to organise a series of workshops and seminars to take opinions of experts and academia for making a national strategy on blockchain of the Leveraging ICT for Growth and Employment of the IT-ITES Industry Project of BCC, two workshops have already been within a couple of weeks. .
Managing Director of Techno Haven Habibullah Karim, Executive Directior of Economic Research Group (ERG) Dr Sazzad Zahir, Managing Director and CEO of IPDC Finance Ltd Mominul Islam, Managing Director of The Computers Ltd Khondkar Atique E Rabbani, Assistant Professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of Shahjalal Science and Technology University (SUST) Md Sadek Ferdous, Managing Director of bdtask Sumch Muhammad Tarek were, among others, attended the workshop held at the LICT conference room.
Sazzad said a comprehensive research should be launched to identify the domains where blockchain application can be used.
IT-ITES Policy Adviser of ICT Division Sami Ahmed who moderated the function said a national strategy is needed on blockchain to use its application potential in different domains such as governance, land, agriculture, health, banking and finance and cyber security.