NIAS Wednesday Discussion: “Unmanned Aerial Systems in India’s National Air Space - Some Issues & Concerns" by Dr Srikumar Pullat, 13 March 2019 at 4: 00 PM

   “Unmanned Aerial Systems in India’s National Air Space-Some Issues & Concerns" 
Speaker:          Srikumar Pullat
                        Visiting Professor, International Strategic & Security Studies Program (ISSSP), NIAS
Chairperson:     Prakash Panneerselvam
                        Assistant Professor, Intn’l. Strategic & Security Studies Program, NIAS
Date:               13 March 2019
Time:               4:00 PM
Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS
Abstract: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were initially developed as aerial targets and later, as surveillance platforms. Advances in various enabling technologies like materials, electronic systems, miniature sensors, embedded software, and other domains has resulted in demonstration of utility of these systems for several civilian applications. The UAVs with multi-rotor configuration, popularly called as ‘Drones’, are capable of vertical take-off & landing and hovering over areas of interest. This enables the use of these systems for monitoring of critical infrastructure in difficult terrains, transportation and delivery of time critical payloads and other applications.
Meanwhile, world over, the agencies in various countries responsible for safe operation of flight vehicles, have been addressing the issues involved in safe operation of drones in their National Air Space. In India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has recently brought out a document titled “Requirements for Operation of Civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)”, a set of guidelines to be adhered to by individuals and groups interested in development or operation of drones in India’s National Air Space.
The talk looks at the existing Air Traffic Management (ATM) System and brings out some challenges and concerns to be addressed when the drones are allowed to be operated in India’s National Air Space. The DGCA guidelines are also analysed to highlight areas to be addressed when these guidelines are revised in future. The talk also looks at some of the initiatives in other countries to accommodate drones in civil air space in the medium term, and integrate them with the ATM system in the long term.
About the speaker: Srikumar Pullat made significant contributions in the Design & Development of UAVs at DRDO during his career spanning 33 years. He was Project Director & Chief Designer of India’s Subsonic Cruise Missile “Nirbhay”, integrating indigenous systems & technologies from more than 10 laboratories of DRDO. He retired as Director of ADE, DRDO in 2015. His areas of interest include Systems Analysis and Systems Engineering.  He is a Visiting Professor in ISSSP at NIAS, where he has been studying the issues involved in accommodation and integrating Drones in India’s National Air Space.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019