By joining National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Jha’s career acquired the right direction and focus at the most opportune moment – he would go on to become a truly successful, and much decorated, aerospace scientist.
Indian aerospace events and heroes
The way we did R&D in aeronautics in 1990 is likely to be completely different from what it will be in 2020. Big data analytics will be the game changer.
An appreciation of Professor Roddam Narasimha’s innings as Director of National Aerospace Laboratories. Narasimha was recently awarded Padma Vibhushan.
A reconstruction of the unfortunate IC 605 air crash on February 14, 1990 at Bangalore. This was an accident that should never have happened!
A report of a compelling first-person account by an IAF pilot about how the Kargil air war was won in 1999 by using the high flying Mirage aircraft.
This heady first-person account recreates the magic of the first SARAS flight on May 29, 2004. The SARAS programme sadly suffered a setback when the second SARAS prototype aircraft crashed near Bangalore on March 6, 2009.
Back in 2003, Capt G R Gopinath surprised India by launching Air Deccan as a low-cost no-frills airline. The experiment worked, although Air Deccan itself merged with Kingfisher Airlines. This report describes a 2003 lecture by Capt Gopinath explaining the wisdom and value of low cost carriers.
Damania brought to NAL a work ethic model of passionate commitment, deep involvement and great energy and urgency.