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NAL names center in honor of Professor Roddam | India News


BENGALURU: The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) said on Wednesday that it has changed the name of the Civil Aircraft Design Center and Developing (C-CADD) in Bengaluru to the Roddam Narasimha Civil Aircraft Center (RN-CAC), in honor of the late aerospace scientist Prof Roddam Narasimha, who passed away on December 14, 2020.
“This is to honor Professor Narasimha, the renowned Indian aerospace scientist and engineer. NAL’s forays into civil aircraft design and development began around 1990, following the recommendations of its Research Council headed by Professor Satish Dhawan. As director of NAL, Narasimha was at the forefront of this initiative. He championed India’s effort to be a leading player in the design and development of civil aircraft; he was the first to point out that civil aviation could be a creator of national wealth, rather than a mere consumer, “said NAL, a laboratory of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
In the 1990s, Narasimha foresaw the growth of India’s civil aviation and positioned NAL as a partner in an enduring national effort.
“The Light Canard Research Aircraft (LCRA), using the Rutan Long-EZ design, was built at NAL and first flew on February 26, 1987. The LCRA served as a test bed to design and develop the first aircraft. entirely comprised of India, HANSA, which had its maiden flight on November 22, 1993 and continues to be a popular choice for the many Indian flight clubs across the country, ”added NAL.
Following the success of HANSA, NAL launched a much more ambitious effort to develop SARAS, a multi-role light transport aircraft. SARAS had its maiden flight on May 29, 2004. RN-CAC, NAL said, will become the nodal center for the development of the greatly improved HANSA-NG trainer aircraft, and the next version of SARAS, SARAS Mk2.
NAL has also submitted a proposal to the Government of India for the design and development of a 90-110 seater regional transport aircraft (RTA). “If approved, the RTA will catalyze the civil aviation scene in India: it will support the growth of the smallest cities in India under the UDAAN program and significantly promote economic development,” added NAL.
RN-CAC is expected to create the essential core and play a critical role in the RTA program once formal government approval is received.

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