Uber car icons are definitely the new Google Doodle. On February 15, when Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) set a world record by sending 104 satellites in space on a single rocket from Sri Harikota in Andhra Pradesh, Uber changed its car icon – to a rocket car, trailing a fiery plume of yellow smoke. This is definitely not the first time when Uber has taken on a cheerleader role, doffing its hat to edifying world events, by tweaking its car icon. In December 2016, the cab aggregator switched the car icon with Star Wars starships, including the phenomenal X-wing.
Undoubtedly, the San Francisco-based company’s celebratory icon set the Twitter abuzz. Technologist and Slideshare co-founder Amit Ranjan tweeted about Uber’s new icon: “Uber car icons are the new Google Doodle”! Another Twitter user remarked “Super cute #uber car icons celebrating #IsroMadeHistory”.
ISRO notched another victory by firing the maximum number of satellites in one mission, a feat unachieved by any another country. The satellites were launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sri Harikota and fired from Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37.
While China and US have ramped up their moonshot efforts significantly, India, an emerging space power is also mulling harnessing its energy requirements from the moon. According to news reports, Dr Sivathanu Pillai, a professor at the ISRO remarked that Helium 3 derived from moon could be India’s answer for all its energy requirements. As per news, lunar dust is rich in Helium 3 and projects are reportedly underway to mine the gas and ship it back to earth for solving energy crisis. ISRO suggested a two pronged approach – creating access and reusable vehicles for inter planetary mining and even space tourism.
Space technology is increasingly leveraged for establishing global supremacy and addressing national security. China’s ambitious manned moon mission and SpaceX’s race to Mars are two most popular space programs to watch out for.
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Richa Bhatia is a seasoned journalist with six-years experience in reportage and news coverage and has had stints at Times of India and The Indian Express. She is an avid reader, mum to a feisty two-year-old and loves writing about the next-gen technology that is shaping our world.