It is Sinhaji’s complete and unequivocal faith in the power of science that allows him to boldly venture into unknown technological terrain. “Science never lets you down, only we let science down”, he tells you.
Someone asked Kalam why India needed intercontinental missiles. “You want to know why? My answer is very simple. Because strength respects strength!”
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.
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.
P Nilakantan, who died half a century ago, was a remarkable Indian. He was among the handful of Indian engineers who visualized a burgeoning Indian aerospace presence in the early years after Independence.
One of Somashekar’s great strengths was his ability to mentor his best scientists and leave them free to get on with their work – while he managed those irksome purchase files, those awkward audit queries, and those recalcitrant section officers.