New Year and New Cyber Vulnerabilities – Spectre and Meltdown

A new year and a new cyber threat. This time the vulnerabilities are baked into the design of microprocessors delivering most of the IT services on the planet. Virtually, all devices, independent of operating systems or installed applications could be affected. It is not just the laptops and PC but almost all devices including tablets, […]

Security hole on – MacOS High Sierra. Login as Root – No password needed!

Sounds unbelievable but it is true.  Use the username “root” and hit enter in the password field (i.e. no password) and you have full local admin access! So until it is fixed you physical security will be critical. Maybe a good idea not to travel with the mac. The Apple ecosystem is supposed to be […]

The Indian Space Programme (the book) – price discount and reviews

Price discounts until the end of November. Ebook £9.99. Book reviews of the The Indian Space Programme. “A true scholarly, and authoritative history. A landmark book.” Dr Allan Chapman, Wadham College University of Oxford. “Singh has done a masterful job of pulling together unique material and photos for a popular reader.” Leonard David. “This is a monumental […]

New Book Announcement – The Indian Space Programme. Available on 4 Oct 2017

My second book is available from next week – 4th October 2017.  Almost 6 years in the making, it is a detailed account of India’s Space Programme.  Available on Kindle and paperback from next week. The subject is not everyone’s cup of tea. If it is yours and fancy doing a book review. Drop me […]

Udupi Ramachandra Rao (1932-2017) Humanitarian and Space Scientist

Whilst Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai are rightly honoured as visionary architects of the Indian Space Programme, building and operationalising it fell to others. Key among these was Professor UR Rao who lead the team to build India’s first satellite, Aryabhata. He did it in just over two years with a small young team of […]

Book Review: ISRO: A Personal History

Title: ISRO: A Personal History Publisher: Harper Collins India Author: R. Aravamudan with Gita Aravamudan A delightful personal account of India’s space program from the very beginning. With personal memories from an era that otherwise would be lost. This is an important historical record of events that will in a few years be lost entirely […]

Manchester – This is the Place

One of the more memorable events from Manchester over the last week. A poem by Tony Walsh.  I don’t listen to much poetry but this is a Riveting five minutes.

Book Review : Space India 2.0

Title: Space India 2.0 Publisher:  Observer Research Foundation Author: Edited by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Narayan Prasad Free download from http://www.orfonline.org/research/space-india-2-0-commerce-policy-security-and-governance-perspectives/ If you are looking for a single source of current state of play with the Indian space programme from a diverse collection of writers from in and outside India – this is it. This book is a […]

Public Event. Anglo Indian Stephen Smith – India’s forgotten Rocketeer

What: A public talk on Anglo Indian Stephen Smith. His life and achievements. Where: The Larkhill Centre, Thorley Lane, Timperley, WA15 7AZ (about 3 miles from Manchester International Airport) When: 19:30 – 20:15 Tuesday 21st March 2017 The event is organised by the India Study Circle for Philately. During the 1920s Stephen Smith founded the Calcutta […]

ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1 – detected in lunar orbit

Using an innovative radar technique, NASA has been able to detect two space in lunar orbit from the surface if the Earth. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in 2009 and was in lunar orbit at the same time as Chandrayaan-1. Although a joint experiment was designed  for both spacecraft, it did not work out. […]