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Ajey Lele

Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Assistant Director (Admin.) at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

Rocket Launchers for Small Satellites

February 04, 2016
Rocket Launchers for Small Satellites

The increase in demand for small satellites is not supported by the best launch options. Various existing options have huge limitations. It is believed that ‘proliferation’ of small satellites technology is possible only if reliable and cost-effective launch options are made available.

Facebook’s Free Basics: A Digital Apartheid

January 07, 2016
Facebook’s Free Basics: A Digital Apartheid

Free Basics actually leads to converting the internet, which is supposed to be a global public good, into a ‘controlled’ platform. For some this even amounts to compromising on their ‘human rights’.

PSLV-C29: Demonstrating India’s Growing Space Capabilities

December 22, 2015
PSLV-C29: Demonstrating India’s Growing Space Capabilities

On December 16, ISRO demonstrated its growing capabilities with multiple burn fuel stage/rocket engine. In few years, ISRO is expected to put big primary payloads into different orbits by using a single rocket launcher.

Paris Exposes the Limitations of the West’s Approach to Counter Terrorism

November 18, 2015
Paris Exposes the Limitations of the West’s Approach to Counter Terrorism

Against the backdrop of the Paris attacks, there is a need to introspect about the effectiveness of the approaches adopted by major states to counter terrorism.

Project Loon: Internet via Stratosphere

November 09, 2015

There is a need for India to participate in Project Loon to increase its ‘internet footprint’. The project perfectly fits into the scheme of ‘Digital India’. It could also lead to surge in India’s interest in near-space technologies.

The ‘Road’ to Success for the “Silk Road Initiative” is via Aerospace

October 21, 2015
The ‘Road’ to Success for the “Silk Road Initiative” is via Aerospace

For China, the Belt and Road initiative is a long-term strategy designed for it to assume a bigger role in global affairs through the business route. Various aerial and space-based platforms will play an important in making this strategy successful.

Hacking + Securities Fraud = New Face of Insider Trading

September 02, 2015
Hacking + Securities Fraud = New Face of Insider Trading

Hacker groups have turned their attention to stock markets not just to disrupt operations but also to trade and make financial gains.

GSAT-6: India’s Second Military Satellite Launched

August 31, 2015
GSAT-6: India’s Second Military Satellite Launched

India’s increasing investments in space for strategic purposes clearly indicates the rising relevance of space assets for the armed forces.

India and the Satellite Launch Market

July 16, 2015
India and the Satellite Launch Market

While India has a reliable vehicle for launching less than 2 tonne satellites into LEO, it lacks the necessary infrastructure to obtain larger commercial benefits from this capability.

MERS: A New Virus Challenge

July 01, 2015
MERS: A New Virus Challenge

East and Southeast Asia are known to get affected by various diseases routinely. Particularly, various waterborne and other diseases likely malaria and dengue fever commonly affect the regions. There is a concern that global warming may translate into explosive growth of mosquito-borne diseases. In addition to this, growing number of natural disasters are found escalating the health related challenges. All this eventually poses a threat to health, economic and human security.

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