Air Mar­shal San­jay Sharma takes over as Air Of­fi­cer-In-Charge Main­te­nance

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & Inindia -

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

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