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NASA completes another test of Mars-bound craft Orion

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — NASA today completed another test of its Mars-bound spacecraft Orion, this time with the help of two crash-test dummies to simulate a return-to-Earth splashdown scenario. The test lasted all of about ten seconds and is ninth test of a ten-part water impact series NASA began conducting in April.

See the complete test in the video below. Fast forward to the 19:20 mark of the video to see the splashdown.

Thursday’s test was done by swinging Orion like a pendulum to simulate the scenario in which one of its parachutes might have failed. After a few seconds of swinging, Orion was dropped into the 20-foot deep Hydro Impact Basin, an outdoor pool facility, at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Inside the mock-up were a number of sensors along with the crash-test dummies — one of the dummies represented a 105-pound woman, the other a 220-pound man. Both were equipped with spacesuits, and were covered in sensors themselves so engineers could analyze the impact of the landing would have on a human’s body.

Orion is the craft NASA plans to use as a vehicle to send humans on deep-space ventures, such as asteroids or Mars. Once returning to earth, the craft deploys parachutes to slow its descent toward the ocean, similarly to that of the astronauts who took part in the Apollo missions.

However, because Orion is an entirely new breed of spacecraft, NASA must conduct the tests in an effort to understand how the vehicle will behave upon landing under a large range of scenarios. The easiest way to describe the craft would be Apollo’s Saturn V rocket on steroids.

The Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Orion spacecraft lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4GUK3

The Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Orion spacecraft lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

 

While the destination is the most name-catching part of the program, NASA wouldn’t consider a deep-space journey a success without returning its astronauts home safely. Making this task more difficult is the fact that astronauts’ bodies are already weakened by long-duration exposure to the weightless environment of space prior to landing.

Taking that into consideration, NASA are currently making preparations for a wide range of landing scenarios, including extreme weather conditions to failed parachute deployment before sending humans into space with Orion.

The first crewed Orion flight isn’t scheduled to take place until the year 2023, fittingly named Exploration Mission 2, but in the meantime, the craft will continue flights without its precious cargo. As seen in the image above, NASA completed a successful launching of the craft in 2014 (Exploration Flight Test 1), in which a uncrewed craft was launched atop a Delta IV-Heavy rocket to an altitude of 3,600 miles for two orbits around the planet.

Flying farther than a spacecraft designed to carry humans had flown in more than 40 years, EFT-1 marked a milestone for NASA and (modern) human space exploration.

These tests are all being done as NASA prepare for Exploration Mission 1, Orion’s next big flight, a heavily anticipated event because of the fact it will be the first time the craft flies with its rocket companion, the Space Launch System.

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Indiaspora releases 2021 government leaders list featuring over 200 members of Indian diaspora

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Nonprofit Indiaspora released their list recognizing more than 200 members of the Indian diaspora who are leaders in their countries’ governments. The leaders span the globe, with more than 60 holding Cabinet-level positions.

More than 32 million people of Indian origin live outside of India, the largest diaspora population in the world.

After entertaining pitches from a number of Indian states, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa declared Tesla will set up its Indian production in his state. An electric vehicle pioneer, analysts forecast India could generate 5% of Tesla’s revenue in the next 5 years.

The late Indian American scientist Narinder Singh Kapany, the father of fiber optics, received a posthumous Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest award. Singh died last year at the age of 94.

An Indian physicist’s revolutionary Black Hole research is turning 50 years old. C.V. Vishveshwara died in 2017, but his work lives on and continues to be honored. The Indian Association for General Relativity and Gravitation and The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences held an event in India to discuss the implications of Vishveshwara’s breakthrough. And now colleagues in his field around the world continue to be astounded at his research. Building off the work of Albert Einstein, Vishveshwara found that Black Holes had a structure, and if you banged on it, would vibrate like a bell. He first published this finding in the science journal “Nature.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Search continues for 12 yr old Arunay Pruthi lost at sea.

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV)  — It’s been a month since 12 year old Arunay Pruthi disappeared off the California coast. And while his family and their Fremont neighbors are devastated by his apparent loss, they continue to hold out hope they will find out what happened to the 7th grader. Pruthi was caught by dangerous surf at Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay and his father said he just drifted away. Despite hundreds of volunteers scouring the area, Pruthi hasn’t been seen since. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.

31 year old Ashwani Jain announced he’s running to become Maryland’s next governor. The Democrat recently ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery, Maryland City Council. He’s also a former Obama administration official.

Sean Desai made history, as he was named the Chicago Bears new defensive coordinator, making him the first Indian American ever to receive a coordinator job in the NFL. The 37 year old served as an assistant coach for several years before this promotion. Desai started his coaching career at Temple University, where he also received a doctorate in educational administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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UN: Avoid Pakistani airlines over fake pilot licence scandal

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SANTA CLARA (Diya TV) — The United Nations is telling its staff and partner agencies to avoid flying on all Pakistani airlines as the country continues to deal with a fake pilot license scandal. The warning means UN staff in Pakistan will be unable to fly internationally or domestically with these airlines, creating a travel nightmare.

The National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers is increasing its stake in soccer club Leeds United to 37 percent. And Indian American Paraag Marathe has been tapped to become Vice Chairman of the English Premier League team. Marathe will lead day to day operations and be more involved in the decision making process. The executive is still the 49ers Vice President of Football Operations, essentially the right hand man to owner Jed York.

As more foreign companies turn their backs on the United States, China and India are taking advantage. Direct investment in the US by overseas companies plummeted 49 percent last year according to a recent study. China’s grew by four percent to $163 billion. In India, foreign direct investment skyrocketed 13 percent last year to $57 billion. Policies allowing more foreign companies like Ikea and Uniqlo to open stores and increasing the country’s manufacturing base are some of the reasons for this growth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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