ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 recently launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 copassenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This event marked thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV. One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was CE-SAT 1, a fifty-kilogram (110 lb) microsatellite built by Canon Electronics, Japan. Canon will use the spacecraft to demonstrate a high-resolution imaging system in orbit, with a ground resolution of up to one meter (3 feet). About 60% of components of the satellite are manufactured by Canon, and the company targets a 100% inhouse production in the near future. The company also plans to sell the satellites, related components and the image data collected by the CE-SAT 1. The small-size satellites are expected to be sold for 1 million yen (approximately).
Samsung India launched the Samsung Galaxy On Max, a device which is equipped with a camera that specialises in low-light photography. Powered by a 2.39GHZ, 1.69GHz Octa-Core processor, the smartphone comes with a 3,300mAH battery and 4GB RAM. It has 32GB internal memory and a micro-SD slot (expandable up to 256GB). | Galaxy On Max features a 5.7" FHD display and metal uni-body | design.The Galaxy On Max comes with a 13MP (front and rear) camera and features its flagship f/1.7 aperture on the rear camera. The Social Camera Mode in the On Max allows users to click pictures with live stickers and filters that can be edited and shared instantly. The smartphone also features Samsung Pay Mini, a safe and secured payment system. The cost of Galaxy On Max is INR 16,900, and it is exclusively available on Flipkart in Black and Gold colour variants.
Nikon Corp. has released a new FX-format telephoto zoom lens, AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR for full-frame D-SLR cameras. The lens employs a stepping motor to the AF drive to realise high speed and quiet shutter release, also important to videography. The lens is equipped with optical vibration reduction (VR) function giving about 4.5-step advantage. It is also equipped with a SPORT mode to photograph fast-moving subjects. The lens consists of 18 elements in 14 groups, including one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) element to correct chromatic aberrations. The closest shooting distance is 1.2m for the entire zoom. The lens is also designed as ‘antidust and antisplash’. The maximum diameter is 80.5mm, length 146m and weighs about 680g. Suggested list price: 94,000 yen.