Category — Aviation & Aerospace

U.S., India Collaborate on Building Radar Satellite

NASA and India’s ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organization – will jointly build a satellite called NISAR or the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite which could be the world’s most expensive Earth imaging satellite, and will cost the two countries over 1.5 billion dollars.

In a meeting in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K.Radhakrishnan, Chairman ISRO, signed two documents to launch the NASA-ISRO satellite mission.

“NISAR is the first big collaboration between NASA and ISRO, certainly on radar  but just in general as well. This is two frequency radar:  it is an L-band 24 centimeter  and S-band 13 centimeter. S-band is being built by ISRO and L-band by NASA. It is a major collaboration both in terms of the technical building of the satellite as well as working together across the Pacific between India and U.S.,” said Paul A. Rosen, a scientist working on the NISAR satellite project.

The NISAR satellite will be launched in 2021 from India using ISRO’s  Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, reports NDTV.

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May 25, 2017   No Comments

‘Make in India’ Attracts Business from Italy

On a three-day business mission to New Delhi, India in April, a delegation led by Italy’s deputy minister for economic development, Ivan Scalfarotto, aimed to strengthen bilateral ties and make the most of the plentiful business opportunities that India has on offer.

The platform, promoted by the Italian Ministries of Economic Development and Foreign Affairs, in partnership with India’s trade bodies FICCI and CII, saw participation by various state representatives, along with 140 big enterprises and SMEs, across varied sectors, from both India and Italy. 80 companies, out of the total industry representation in the forum, in areas such as automotive, healthcare, defense, aviation and railways were from Italy exploring growth opportunities in India.

Ivan Scalfarotto at the India-Italy Business Forum

Ivan Scalfarotto at the Italia-India Meet

Speaking at the event, Scalfarotto said that more than 60 Italian automotive companies were working with 80 manufacturing facilities in India — most of them located in the Maharashtra belt — “and yet keeping an eye on the immense future potential,” reports Autocar Professional.

 

May 12, 2017   No Comments

India Launches South Asia Satellite GSAT-9

India’s Space and Research Organization (ISRO) launched the first South Asia Satellite, on May 5. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said that the satellite will help partner countries in effective communication, better governance, better banking and education in remote areas, more predictable weather forecasting and efficient resource mapping. It will link people to medical services through telemedicine and facilitate quick responses to natural disasters.

ISRO’s chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar said that the satellite, with a lift-off mass of 4,839 pounds, carried 12 ku-band transponders, and had a mission life of more than 12 years.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

Each of the participating countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lankawill be able to use a dedicated transponder with a capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz for its own internal consumption, and will be responsible for content generation and its usage, reports the Livemint. Pakistan chose to opt out of the project and is not part of the participating countries.

April 26, 2017   No Comments

Rolls-Royce Inaugurates Service Delivery Center in India

With the aim of improving capability and providing faster front-line support for over 750 engines in a range of aircraft in India, Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc launched a new defense service delivery center in Bangalore, its first outside the U.S. and U.K.

This  center will deliver real-time solutions through maintenance repair and overhaul, provide first and second line of support, have field service representatives, manage the health of the fleet, manage supply chains and collaborate with the armed forces, reports Livemint. Additionally, the center will service commercial aircraft such as the C-130J, Hawk advanced jet, Embraer and Jaguar, among others.

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The service delivery center will have at least 10 specialized engineers and service personnel to find localized solutions specific to India. Rolls-Royce also has over 1,600 engineers based in India who provide solutions for its global customers, Kishore Jayaraman, president, India and South Asia, said.

April 23, 2017   No Comments

Online Marketplace for Private Jets, Helicopters Soars in India

New Delhi-based JetSetGo is a digital platform that provides an enterprise management tool for aircraft operators. It offers cloud-based scheduling, aircraft management, and advanced trip-pricing capabilities with an in-built marketplace for services and parts. It also provides customers the ability to compare and book private charters online with the ability to recoup cost of empty travel legs through a demand aggregation model that helps reduce charter costs.

The company either manages or has exclusive marketing contracts for 16 aircraft–ranging from Falcons to Hawkers to Challengers with 7 to 18 seats. This makes it the largest fleet in India, and the outfit operates anywhere from 4 to 20 flights a day, reports Forbes.

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Kanika Tekriwal, CEO and Co-Founder of JetSetGo says, “We will soon be the only travel platform for high-end domestic travel and experiences,” she says. “Our focus is to cater to the $18 billion rapidly growing in-bound travel market and to the travel needs of India’s Ultra High Networth Individuals who are expected to triple in number in the next 5 years. They have very different travel needs, which the current ensemble of online travel companies and startups can really not cater to effectively.”

 Industry experts say by 2027, Indian civil aviation will be among the three largest globally.

April 7, 2017   No Comments