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tv   Click  BBC News  March 19, 2017 3:30pm-4:01pm GMT

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hello. this is bbc news with me, ben brown. the headlines: police have named a 33—year old—man in connection with the death of one—year—old boy. he died after he and his twin sister were found with serious injuries in a north london flat. the organisation representing nhs trusts in england said that nhs services are facing an "impossible mission" to meet standards set by the government. both sides continue to disagree over funding. liberal democrat leader tim farron has accused the prime minister of following "aggressive, nationalistic" politics like those of donald trump and vladimir putin. he said that theresa may had become a part of "new world order". the rac has issued a warning that drivers buying new cars from next month will face an increased road tax. buyers of hybrid cars will face vehicle excise duty for the first time. now on bbc news, it's click. this week: bangra bangers, smoggy
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sunsets and angry anglegrinders. we go to india, as india goes to the moon. get ready, your indian experience starts now. as soon as you step off the plane, india hits you like a big, hot wall of noise. it is everything you've ever imagined it to be.
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it is life turned up to ii. the first thing you'll notice will be the traffic. it's always the traffic. is the tip just to kind of step out? oh, this looks like a gap. the sound is deafening! everyone's honking. for 70 years this country has been independent of british rule, and the cities that have sprung up around the old colonial grandeur seem chaotic, but they do kinda work. kinda. and india has found a niche in the wider world. half of its 1.2 billion people are aged 35 or under. maybe that's why it's known for its it know—how, its outsourcing. and the bosses of some of the biggest tech companies in the world are indian. but it hasn't had as much luck in taking over the world of consumer technology.
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after all, how many indian tech brands can you name? the truth is that although there is a middle class of consumers here willing to buy brands, it's not actually that big or that rich. not that many people here can really afford the latest of very much at all. we're here to see how india is preparing for its future in 2013 india became the,fourth ! into orbit around mars and, unlike those who came before them, the indian space research organisation, isro, has been gaining a reputation for doing tons of successful space stuff on a shoestring budget. their mars mission came
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in atjust $74 million, that's less than it cost to make the film gravity. and, in february this year, they made history again by launching a record 104 satellites on a single rocket. it could just be that india has created the perfect combination of big brains with big space experience, but a mentality for doing things on the cheap. just the sort of place you might go if you wanted to, say, land a robot on the moon for the space equivalent of small change. how confident are you that this will work? laughs welcome to the earthbound hq of team indus, one of the handful of start—ups competing for the google lunar xprize, that's $20 million for the first commercial company to land a rover on the moon. the team indus space craft goes ' $4 4, a -...-
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and then, boom, 4.5 days to the moon. 12 days of spiralling down to the surface and, if all goes well, out comes the rover, travels half a kilometre, sends back hd video and wins the prize. rahul narayan is the co—founder of team indus and has been here since the start of the project, way back in 2010. at that point you had no idea how you would acheive it? yes, i googled it and figured out what wikipedia had to say about landing on the moon. you did an internet search on how to land on the moon? absolutely. laughs did it have any useful information? yes. it said there had been 85 attempts and i think every second attempt failed to the moon. six years later, there are about 100
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people working very hard here and it certainly looks like they know their space stuff. star wars in particular. and they've built themselves all the things that a serious space company should have, like a mission control room, a model lander that makes smoke and a simulated lunar surface complete with a rover to go in it. so what do you use to simulate moon dust? you could go to an expensive lab and try to buy lunar simulant, we just went to a stone quarry and asked them to give us the milling output. that's what this is — about 150 microns. it has electrostatic properties, which we're not able to replicate. so that means it will stick to the rover? that's one part that will get into every perforation, the lens of the camera, everywhere. just like national space agencies, testing every component
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and simulating every stage of the mission is a huge part of what they're doing here. we're making sure we do everything right. we're just not making it fancy. we will make it frugal, specific to the mission, but there's absolutely no corners that we're cutting. and, to look at it from a more philosophical way, we have one shot to win this. we don't have a flight spare, so if one blows up we can go and fly the other, we have to get this right. team indus is one of five start—ups from around the world that have while they can't say for sure, they think they'll launch before any other team and so perhaps be the first team to land and win! that's except for the fact that to save costs they have had to sell some of their spare launch weight to a competitor rover. japan's team hakuto will be onboard too. you're both going to get to the moon at the same time. it's whoever touches down first and whoever has the fastest rover?
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it's going to be crazy! in a manner of speaking, yes. so what do you expect to happen? so it's a race, it will be a very interesting race, and once we touch down and both the rovers are deployed, let's see which one makes 500m first. i would nuté lager nun on vnurs. all of that assumes of course that the rovers make it to the moon in the first place. space exploration is a risky business and when it goes wrong it tends to go really wrong. six years, hundreds of thousands of hours of effort and millions spent and there's certainly a lot riding on getting things right. risks and, at the end of the day, absolutely, one small wrong piece of code that made it through could kill the entire mission. there is a word here in india that i think describes team indus‘s
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low—cost, make do approach. jugaad. i've come to the centre of mumbai, to dharavi, asia's second largest slum. here, in its tiny alleyways, jugaad is all around, as a desperately poor population reuses as much as is physically possible. built by workers who flocked to the city over hundreds of years, some of the houses here date back to the 1840s. it is an intense experience in the middle of an intense city. you really do get a sense of the scale of the place from up here and it's a weird scale as well, because it's actually quite small. it's only two square
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kilometres, but around 1 million people live here. it's phenomenally densely packed and it's notjust people living this place really does work. 10,000 dharavi businesses generate 30 billion rupees for mumbai every year. they make things and they recycle things. like all those plastic bottles drying on the roof, which are shredded into reusable plastic pellets. the whole production line is in itself a work ofjugaad. this is where they make the machines that recycle the plastic, so i guess this is a factory.
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