Archive for May 2010
30 May 2010
MUMBAI/BANGALORE: India’s largest engineering company Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) and atomotive firm Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M) say they will bid to become partners of the government in developing India’s most ambitious passenger aircraft programme.
The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) will lead the Rs2,500 crore project to design and produce 90-110-seat planes, called regional transport aircraft (RTA), to connect smaller cities to metros. A similar amount will be invested in manufacturing and building a service network for the plane.
Last week, a government panel approved a one-year feasibility study for the project. It also mandated V. Sumantran, vice-chairman of Hinduja Automotive Ltd, and Arun Firodia, chairman of Kinetic Engineering Ltd, to bring in Indian private partners for the project.
NAL, the aerospace lab of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research or CSIR, India’s largest public-funded research agency, aims to begin commercial production of RTA in six years.
The RTA is expected to be at least 30% more fuel-efficient and have half the running cost of currently used 70-100 seat passenger aircraft. “The aircraft has to be fuel-efficient, light, (have) high-tech electronics, short-runway, short-haul (capability), minimum carbon footprint and no noise and (be) comfortable,” CSIR director general Samir Brahmachari said on Thursday. He added that a tender inviting private participation will be floated in 10 days.
M&M and L&T are among the few private Indian firms that have developed aerospace manufacturing capability………..
29 May 2010
PANAJI: Eminent nuclear scientist and former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, Government of India, Dr. Anil Kakodkar was today conferred with the first Gomant Vibushan Award-2010 at the hands of Governor of West Bengal and former National Security Advisor Shri M. K. Narayanan at a glittering function held at Kala Academy in the distinguished presence of Chief Minister Shri Digambar Kamat, Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Shri Pratapsingh Rane, Leader of Opposition Shri Manohar Parrikar, MP Shri Francisco Sardinha, MP Shri Shantaram Naik, Chief Secretary Shri Sanjay Srivastava, Former Chairman of ISRO, Dr. K. K. Kasturigangan, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Dr. Vijaykumar Saraswat, Scientist and Director of Strategic Planning Group(Deptt. of Atomic Energy) Dr. Ravi B. Grover and others.
…………….Chief Minister Shri Digambar Kamat paid tributes to the contribution of Dr. Anil Kakodkar in the nuclear energy area. He said, India will be self reliant in Power sector in the years to come due to efforts of Dr. Kakodkar in this area. The Chief Minister requested Dr. Kakodkar to take up the position of honorary advisor of Energy security of Goa. Chief Minister also requested to start a small centre of Bhaba Atomic Research Centre in cooperation with Goa University and National Institute of Oceanography for the benefit of young minds of the state……..
28 May 2010
BANGALORE: Aerospace scientists and industrialists, spearheading the country’s new civil aircraft programme, on Thursday began a feasilibity study on building a 90-seater aircraft for which it will invite private partners next month. India hopes to build a plane for shorter runways to tap into a booming market for air travel.
“The configuration will be centred around 90 seater, maybe the shorter version would be a 70-seater,” said G Madhavan Nair, former chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). “We have given deadlines to the committee members as to what type of analysis they should do and come out with reports within three months.” The committee aims to finalise within the configuration of the plane and identify technologies that are matured for direct absorption into the aircraft and those which need to be developed.
The programme would recruit nearly 100 people for a design bureau to be set up under National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Nair said………
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27 May 2010
BANGALORE: Facing tough competition, designers at the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) are mulling over a change in the configuration of the so-called regional transport aircraft (RTA) they plan to build to run on short-haul feeder routes.
The RTA was envisaged as a 70-90 seat civilian aircraft powered by a turboprop engine—a gas turbine engine used to drive a propeller.
But NAL is now thinking of using a jet engine as well and increasing its capacity to 90-110 passengers.
“We are looking at an aircraft (where) both turboprop and turbojet can be used,” said Samir Brahmachari,director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India’s largest public-funded research agency. NAL is the CSIRlab for aerospace technologies.
A 15-member committee for national civil aircraft development held its first meeting in Bangalore on Thursday, and set a one-year deadline for a feasibility study for the Rs2,500 crore plane project…….
Read complete news item: http://www.livemint.com/2010/05/27220645/NAL-plans-new-design-for-its-s.html
27 May 2010
LUCKNOW: Mentha production in Uttar Pradesh has dropped substantially leading to a spurt in spot prices to around 785/kilo but traders say this can ease to Rs 730/kilo when fresh arrivals start in June second week. The area under mentha cultivation has come down as the commodity was trading low during the February-March planting season while sugar and other crops were commanding high prices.
While the estimates of CIMAP (Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) and the state horticulture department vary, mentha acreage is estimated to have shrunk about 15% to 1.70 lakh hectares this year.
Hindustan Mint and Agro Products MD Phool Prakash said the company expects mentha production to fall by 20-25% as — apart from the reduced acreage — the heat wave in North India has caused damage to the water-intensive crop which will affect oil extraction. He said mentha production in UP is estimated at 26-28,000 tonnes this year as compared to 35,000 tonnes in 2009……..
25 May 2010
HYDERABAD: The serene port city of Visakhapatnam is all set to go “nuclear” and play a key role in meeting the energy requirements of the country. The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s campus is being set up here.
Visakhapatnam has also emerged as a city of science and technology with several research and development institutions either opening their campuses in the port city or planning to do so.
The Barc campus coming up on a 3,000-acre site at Achyutapuram will give a boost to research in nuclear sciences including finding out ways of overcoming the energy shortage through advanced nuclear energy reactors.
………The establishment of the National Institute of Oceanography has put Visakhapatnam in an advantageous position. The NIO centre has been researching on monsoons and sea environment.
Read complete news item at http://www.deccanchronicle.com/hyderabad/port-city-all-set-nuclear-tag-974
25 May 2010
BANGALORE/NEW DELHI: Russian experts will help make key design changes to India’s first home-made civil aircraft, Saras, the development of which was suspended after a fatal crash last year.
A team from Russian government-run civil aircraft maker Myasishchev Design Bureau (MDB) is at the campus of the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) to assist Indian designers on the project.
It was MDB that first built and flew the small turboprop aircraft in the 1990s. It had to wind up the project as it couldn’t raise funds to sustain it. MDB later tied up with NAL to build Saras, but walked out of the project in 1998 in the midst of a financial crisis—leaving it in Indian hands.
“It has come full circle,” said A.K. Saxena, managing director of Navv Avia Technologies Pvt. Ltd. “If the joint venture was a success, we would have hundreds of aircraft flying by now.”……
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