Why India went to Mars

Here is my piece on Marsdaily about the geopolitics of India’s Mars mission. Despite what the piece states at the top – I am NOT in Bangalore!


Mars Orbiter Mission



Information Security. Cloud Computing – A Commercial and Legal Perspective 

A  joint meeting from the Institute for Information Security Professionals (IISP) and the Manchester Branch of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. This is a free  event and open to anyone with an interest in information security. No need to book just turn up. 
Speaker: Dai Davis from Percy Crow Davis & Co.
Date: 18th November 2014
Time: 18:00 for 18:30 start
Title: Cloud Computing – A commercial and legal perspective 
Cost: Free. Refreshments provided
Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University room number TBC

Cloud computing has been an information technology (IT) buzzword for many years and now it’s firmly ensconced in the mainstream of ICT and business.  Various forms of cloud computing, such as “Software as a Service” (SaaS) provide a more cost-effective alternative for enterprises to achieve their business objectives than traditional computing systems.

In some areas of business, such as records management, cloud computing has high visibility because it is associated with large costs savings.  However, cloud computing can be used in a less high profile manner in other areas of a business, from marketing to engineering, from contact database management to employee management and word processing. Cloud computing can be easily adopted, but with that adoption can come both obvious and hidden difficulties of great importance.

But is cloud computing for everyone? What are the contractual and legal risks of cloud computing? How should they be addressed? How can they be minimised and avoided? This talk examines how cloud computing can be adopted and the dangers avoided on a practical level.

  • Among the aspects of cloud computing that Dai will cover are:
  • What is the relationship between cloud computing, SaaS and similar services?
  • How, when and why is cloud computing used in companies?
  • How, when and why should cloud computing be used?
  • Security due diligence and data security implications
  • Control and ownership of data in the cloud
  • Dealing with termination and other practical issues

About the Speaker
Dai is a Technology Lawyer. He read Physics at Keble College, Oxford and took a Masters Degree in Computing Science at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne before qualifying as a Solicitor.  He is a qualified Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  Dai is an active member of the Society for Computers and Law in the United Kingdom and has been Chairman of its Northern Branch and a member of the Council of that Society.  Dai has consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession.


ISRO’s GSLV Launch delayed

ISRO has had three successful launches this year and the planned three more are not quiet on track. Two of the three remaining are the IRNSS navigational satellites. The IRNSS constellation has a 10 year plan but will only work once the complete constellation of seven are in orbit. The first has been in orbit for […]

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Episode 68: Stephen H Smith – India’s forgotten rocketeer


Contribution of Stephen H Smith to development of rocketry and the Anglo Indian community in India of which he is a member.

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Episode 67 : Technik Museum Speyer


This episode is a preview of some of the space related exhibits in Europe’s largest aerospace museum – Speyer Technik Museum, in Germany. If you ever go and the following may entice you to do so,  four space exhibits to look out for include the following: Soyuz TM19 – The landing capsule Soyuz TM-19 was […]

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Episode 66: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre


November 21st 2013 was the 50th anniversary of a rocket launched from India in to space. The launch itself was an all Indian affair but with lots of international support. The rocket was American, carried a French Sodium Vapour payload with assisted by a computer and a helicopter from the Soviet Union. From this meagre […]

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Episode 65: ISRO – The early years


The Indian Space Research Organisation formally came in to being in 1972. By then, India had been developing its space program for almost a decade. The first launch to space from Indian soil was a two stage Nike-Apache rocket supplied by USA with a  sodium  payload from France. The rocket delivered a vertical trail of sodium […]

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Episode 64: Bangalore Astronomical Society

  Another episode in the current series about space and India. Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS) is probably the most industrious astronomical societies in India. Founded in 2006, it has nearly 200 paid up members based in and around Bangalore but a huge number of national and international followers online. In this episode, BAS president Naveen Nanjundappa, […]

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India’s Mars Orbiter Mission

Mars Orbiter Mission - Photo - ISRO

India launched its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launcher and everything, including the weather, performed as expected. The 1340KM Mars bound probe with a 15km  package of five science instruments will arrive at Mars in December next year. Currently MOM is in Earth orbit where it will remain for […]

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Episode 63 – Rakesh Sharma India’s first and only spaceman

Rakesh Sharma

With a population of 1.2 billion people, India has just one national with first hand experience of spaceflight. Rakesh Sharma, a now retired Indian Air Force wing commander in 1984 spent eight days in space aboard the Soviet space station Salyut 7. This account of his spaceflight was recorded at this home in the Nilgris […]

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