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Aerostat stuck in Bangalore hangar

18 November 2010

An indigenous attempt to develop an aerostat, which may be deployed in anti-Naxal and other security applications, is stuck inside a Bangalore hangar for the last two years in the absence of a flight testing range where this gigantic balloon can be flown. 

 

An eye to hover on the horizon, the aerostat – Chakshu – has been developed by the National Aerospace Laboratories. It can float in air for six hours to beam pictures. The aerostat can be tethered to the ground or flown with remote control. 

“The flight range in Kolar cannot be used as it falls within the path of flights taking off or landing at the Bangalore airport. The proposed range in Chitradurga is not yet ready. We cannot test our aerostat and fine-tune the technology,” S Selvarajan, a NAL scientist associated with the project told Deccan Herald here.

Incidentally, a bigger and better-quality non-military aerostat – brought from abroad spending more than Rs 30 crore – enthralled the audience at the inauguration of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last month.

The home-made Chakshu has been developed under a three-year-old collaboration between NAL under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Defence Research and Development Organisation. The scientists hope to carry out a field trial after the DRDO flight testing range in Chitradurga is ready in 2011.

Cameras mounted on the 320-cubic metre helium-filled balloon can see the enemy from a distance of 30 km. At the moment, it has one camera, but is capable of carrying two more for sending pictures continuously from different angles…..

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/114060/aerostat-stuck-bangalore-hangar.html

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Written by csirindia

November 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

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