Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
India To Launch 10 Satellites Every Year 
India’s state-run space agency has proposed launching 10 satellites annually starting this year, setting an ambitious goal toward expanding the country’s space exploration program.
India To Test Reusable Launch Vehicle This Year 
India will conduct a test flight of its reusable launch vehicle this year, marking a significant step toward bringing down the cost of access to space technology.
India To Launch Satellites For Better Earth Observation 
India is working toward launching satellites with superior Earth observation capability in a bid to improve imaging from geostationary orbit, the country’s top scientist says.
India Delays Launch Of Fourth Navigation Satellite 
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says the scheduled March 9 launch of the IRNSS-1D navigation satellite has been deferred after an anomaly was found in one of the telemetry transmitters of the spacecraft.
India Spent $13.5 Billion For Foreign Defense Buys Since 2011 
India spent 838.48 billion rupees ($13.5 billion) acquiring defense equipment from foreign vendors during the last three fiscal years, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar says.
Vistara Hopes To Have 20 Aircraft By 2018 
The airline, a joint venture between India’s Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Ltd, now has five Airbus A320s in its fleet. It plans to add six aircraft by April, and gradually increase to nine by the end of this year, Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh.
India To Buy More Pilatus PC-7 Mk. 2s 
India will buy 38 PC-7 Mark II basic trainers from Pilatus in addition to the 75 aircraft already purchased from the Swiss airframer to meet the need for 181 Basic Trainer Aircraft for Stage I flying training for the Indian air force.
Indian Order For ShinMaywa US-2 Likely This Year 
India tends to drag out defense equipment orders, but its increasingly close relationship with Japan augurs well for ShinMaywa’s chances of completing a deal for US-2 amphibians.
Design Of India’s AMCA Fighter Fixed, Budget Next 
While New Delhi negotiates for a small share of Sukhoi T-50 development, its defense ministry engineers prepare a fighter that would be 80% Indian
Airbus A330 May Be India’s AWACS Platform 
India will soon finalize a platform for developing its indigenous Airborne Warning and Control Systems Aircraft (AWACS), with Airbus Defense and Space apparently emerging as the sole bidder with its A330 widebody aircraft.
India Freezes AMCA Fighter Design 
Indian defense ministry aircraft designers have frozen the configuration of a proposed medium-weight Indian fighter that they expect to fly early in the 2020s.
Russia Expects Another Mi-17 V5 Order From India 
Russian Helicopters has delivered 141 Mi-17 V5 helicopters so far, since India ordered 80 Mi-17 V5 helos from Russia in 2008 for about $1.2 billion, followed by an additional order of 71 helos in 2012.
Indian Order For ShinMaywa US-2 Expected This Year 
ShinMaywa will probably choose a private local partner to help build the aircraft for the Indian navy, and perhaps make parts for export. Local content is the key issue to be settled before a contract.
Pending Indian Helo Competitions Total 434 Units 
Among the open competitions, the closest to selection is the coast guard helicopter.
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 12

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 9

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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