NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Unmanned Aerial Systems – Kal, Aaj aur Kal" by Srikumar Pullat, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


 Unmanned Aerial Systems – Kal, Aaj aur Kal



Srikumar Pullat

 Visiting Professor, International Strategic & Security Studies Program, NIAS


Chairperson:  Rajaram Nagappa, Program Head, International Strategic and Security Studies Program, NIAS,             


25th October, 2017, 9.30 am, Lecture Hall, NIAS



Abstract:  Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) world over has been making rapid strides in the last few decades. Initially these systems were conceptualized, developed and deployed by armed forces across the globe effectively for various defensive and offensive applications.

These systems come in wide range of sizes and shapes, and can remain airborne for periods ranging from minutes to hours, days and weeks. There is a strong focus on development of Solar-powered UAS which can be airborne for several months. The UAS can be deployed for short range applications as well as anywhere across the globe. The UAS systems can have full autonomous capability right from take-off to landing, thus allowing the operator to focus more on the mission objectives and less on the flight of the platform. While several fixed wing and rotary wing configurations have been operationalized for various applications, it is the quad-copter configuration (popularly known as “Drones”) which have caught the imagination of both the developers and users. Different sizes of this configuration are being used to demonstrate the utility of such systems for disaster management, crowd monitoring and efficient delivery of time-critical payloads in constrained environment, among other applications. Several research activities have been initiated in Research Institutes and Universities for the development of mini & micro UAS which resemble small birds and insects. The talk looks at worldwide trends and Indian scenario, and brings out the requirement for formal Rules & Regulations in the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Civil Air Space.

About the Speaker: Srikumar Pullat studied Aeronautical Engineering at Punjab University, IIT Bombay & College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. He has 33 years of experience in ADE, DRDO. He made significant contributions to design of Control, Guidance & Navigation system for UAV Nishant.  He was a member of Think Tank group (GFAST) at DRDO Headquarters for 3 years. He was Project Director & Chief Designer of Subsonic Cruise Missile “Nirbhay” successfully integrating indigenous technologies from more than 10 laboratories of DRDO. He was Director of ADE, DRDO during 2013-2015. He was conferred DRDO Performance excellence awards in 2004 and 2014. He was joint winner of National Aeronautics Prize from Aeronautical Society of India in 2014. His areas of Interest include Mission simulation for UAVs, Systems Engineering and Systems Analysis of Aeronautical systems

All are cordially invited

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017