New Delhi: Make in India program is progressing fastly. More than 25 Indian and 100 Israeli companies will accumulate this month for a seminar on defence and security in Israel.
SIBAT, the Israel Ministry of defence international defence cooperation and directorate, and FICCI together will organize the seminar on Feb 21-25.
A press communique said that the seminar will mainly focus on cooperation and risks between micro, small and medium enterprises on both sides.
The seminar will highlight the potential of Make in India and will deal with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 with a special focus between industries in India and Israel.
Around 500 B2B meetings will take place in the seminar.
The next seminar will be expected in Chennai later this year.
Ambassador Daniel Carmon said: “Our growing relations with India range on a wide spectrum of sectors from defence to water, agriculture IT, R&D…In the field of defence, Israel has proven more than once in the past as a reliable strategic partner and that we are open for the concept of transfer of advanced technology and joint development.”
Make In India is one of the key campaigns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government.(IANS)
Aiming to become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon, Israel’s non-profit SpaceIL has announced it will launch a spacecraft from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Thursday on board a Falcon 9 rocket.
The unmanned craft, weighing 1,300 pounds and standing approximately five feet tall, will then begin an about seven-week journey to the Moon, from where it will send back images of the rocky surface and conduct experiments on the lunar magnetic field.
The spacecraft is called “Beresheet,” a reference to the first words of the Bible in Hebrew: “In the beginning…”
For decades, the Moon was the exclusive domain of the superpowers. The Soviet Union landed Luna 2 on the Earth’s nearest neighbour in 1959. Three years later, the US landed Ranger 4 on the Moon.
These were “hard landings,” meaning the craft crashed into the Moon. The first “soft landings” for both countries came in 1966, when spacecraft made controlled descents to the lunar surface.
It would take nearly another 50 years for a third country to perform a soft Moon landing, when China’s Chang’e 3 did it in 2013.
If Israel’s spacecraft venture proceeds as planned, it would become the fourth — and by far the smallest — country to do so. It would also become the first private enterprise to make a controlled landing on the Moon, with the smallest spacecraft to do it, and by far the least expensive mission.
The total cost of the programme, raised from private donations, is $100 million, a small fraction of the billions of dollars invested in the US space program.
“This mission that we were talking about was really a mission impossible,” said entrepreneur Morris Kahn, who donated $40 million to the project.
“The only thing is I didn’t realize it was impossible, and the three engineers that started this project didn’t think it was impossible, and the way Israel thinks, nothing is impossible… We are really making this dream come true,” Kahn added.
SpaceIL was founded eight years ago to compete in the Google Lunar X Prize, an international competition to see whether a private enterprise could land a spacecraft on the moon, move 500 meters in any direction, and transmit live, high-definition video from the lunar surface.
The competition was canceled in January 2018 when none of the five teams left in the competition was able to meet the March deadline for a launch.