Daily Current Affairs 14 Nov 2020

NRA CET Daily Current Affairs


India test fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air-Missiles

On November 13, 2020, India test fired all-weather Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air-Missiles at the Chandipur Test Fire Range. It is called QRSAM and is a canister-based system.

The missile is capable of striking aerial target at a height of 15 km. It is launched from mobile two vehicle system. One of the vehicles in the system carries the missile and the second carries the radar. The radar can track 100 targets simultaneously. Also, it is capable of engaging six targets simultaneously.

QRSAM consists of an Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar, a launcher and an active array battery multifunction radar. The radars have 360-degree coverage with ‘track on move’ and ‘search on move’ capabilities.

November 14: World Diabetes Day

Every year, World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14. The celebrations of the World Diabetes Day is led by International Diabetes Federation. This year the World Diabetes Day is celebrated under the theme.

MNRE has amended implementation Guidelines of PM KUSUM scheme

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has made amendments in the implementation guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme on November 13, 2020. It is a scheme for farmers which aim to install solar pumps, grid-connected solar and other renewable power plants across the country.

SpaceX-NASA’s upcoming CREW1 mission

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 14, 2020. The spacecraft will carry a crew of four people to the International Space Station (ISS) for a 6-month-long mission.

Just before the mission, NASA has also provided its first spacecraft certification by certifying SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket. After this certification, SpaceX will now be able to operate regular flights to the space station.

  • NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX to develop transportation systems for transferring crew from the US to the ISS in September 2014. As per the NASA website, these space crafts are designed to carry up to 4 astronauts on NASA missions, maintaining a space station crew of seven.
  • In May 2020, NASA lifted off SpaceX Demo-2 test flight for the ISS. It became the first crewed flight to launch from US after the conclusion of the space shuttle era in 2011.
  • Crew-1 mission is a part of the Commercial Crew Program of NASA.
  • The aim of the mission is to make access to space easier in terms of its cost, so that cargo and crew are easily transported to and from the ISS and enable greater scientific research.
  • Crew-1 mission will launch the NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Soichi Noguchi from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • The crew-1 will join the members of Expedition 64, which is presently in residence at the ISS.
  • Crew-1 will be SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft’s first operational flight on a Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS. It is the first of the 3 scheduled flights scheduled in 2020-2021.

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