Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma takes over as Air Officer-In-Charge Maintenance
Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma assumed responsibilities of Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance at Air Headquarters, New Delhi on 1 January 2017. Commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering ( Electronics) branch of IAF on 12 July 1979, he is an alumnus of the NDC, a graduate in Electronics Engineering from University of Indore, and post-graduate in Computer Science and Data Processing from IIT Kharagpur.
The Air Officer had held various important staff and field appointments, notably as Chief Technical Officer of THD-1955 Radar Stations, Senior Project Engineer (Radar) at the erstwhile RCPO, Director IACCS (Tech Planning), Director Signals (Air), Principal Director of IACCS, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Signals & IT) at Air HQ, Deputy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at HQ Maintenance Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Maintenance and Planning) and Director General (Aircraft) at Air HQ. He has also commanded a major Communication Hub Centre and was deputed to Government of Botswana where he also set up the Technical Training Wing for their Air Defence Operations Centre.
Two Indian ‘moonshots’ in 2018
Two vastly different Indian teams are planning separate ‘moonshots’ in 2018, the first being an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) effort, while the other is TeamIndus, a private start-up aiming to claim the Google Lunar XPrize (GLXP) and put Indian space businesses on the map. TeamIndus is led by Rahul Narayan, an IT entrepreneur and IIT-Delhi graduate, along with four co-founders: former IAF fighter pilot Samir Joshi (also a regular contributor to Vayu); investment banker Julius Amrit; advertising professional Dilip Chabria and aerospace engineer Indranil Chakrobarthy. The venture is the only Indian entry for the GLXP, which calls for teams to send privately funded robotic spacecraft to the Moon, travel 500 metres, and transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth. Participants are required to launch their spacecraft no later than 31 December 2017.
That deadline will put them ahead of the larger and betterfunded ISRO Chandrayaan-2 project, which presently plans for an early-2018 launch and will see a robotic rover probe the lunar terrain for 14 Earth days. However, both missions will launch using ISRO launch vehicles. The 3,250 kg Chandrayaan-2 payload (around four times heavier than the TeamIndus payload) will be launched aboard ISRO’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk.II, while TeamIndus will launch using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), sharing space with fellow GLXP contestant Team Hakuto of Japan. The end-2017 launch timeframe has led to TeamIndus planning to land their craft on the moon on the morning of Republic Day 2018.
Alpha Design collaborate with ISRO for satellites