The 26th National Convention of Aerospace Engineers, which concluded here on Sunday, gave a call to industries and the Government to start mapping out a roadmap for aircraft engine production in India.

In a resolution, the convention underscored the need to start building a platform for aircraft engine manufacture at the earliest.

In another resolution, it wanted identification of some key critical technology in aerospace products, backed by a realistic time and investment framework.

It also noted with concern the inadequacy of training manpower in this field, calling for immediate action for building human capital for aerospace projects.

As part of this, the convention suggested that the syllabus for aerospace engineering needed to be periodically reviewed, especially in the field of use of information technology in simulation models. It gave a call for the industry to be prepared against cyber warfare threat.

The Indian aerospace engineering sector achieved a string of successes in the last ten years, including Agni, Prithvi and Dhanush.

It is set to further take off with projects such as hypersonic flight vehicle design and advanced aircraft projects.

The challenges before the sector include development of advanced auto pilot to handle critical manoeuvres of the aerospace vehicle, design of advanced propulsion systems like cryogenic engines and pulse detonation engine for futuristic flight vehicle design.

(This article was published on November 25, 2012)
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