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(Saturday, June 12, 2021) Aerospace Projects in India: Recent Developments and Future Plans by Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant


A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center with the Amazonia 1 satellite and 18 secondary payloads. Credit: ISRO 

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Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant

Aerospace Engineering Department

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Powai, Mumbai, India

Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant has been a member of faculty of Aerospace Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay since December 1989. He has also worked for five years in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the Design & Engineering Department. Prof. Pant is an alumnus of College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University, UK, where he earned his Ph.D. under Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, and Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where he obtained his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering.


He has published and presented > 245 scientific papers, of which > 180 are in international journals and conferences. He was a visiting faculty for a year each at Nanyang Technological University in 2016, and Virginia Tech in 2010-11. He has also carried out several short-term assignments at several top-ranking institutes and universities all over the world such as Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brazil in 2012, Texas A&M University in 2011, Cambridge University in 2008, and Imperial College London in 2006. In 2102, he was appointed as a Special Visiting Researcher under the Science Without Borders program of the Brazilian Government for a three-year project.


Prof. Pant was honored with the D P Joshi Excellent Teacher Award in 2014, in recognition of his merit, achievements and enthusiasm for teaching and making a lasting impression on students. In 2019, he was felicitated by Institution of Engineers (India) as an Eminent Engineering personality in Aerospace Engineering. Recently, he has received Special Recognition in Academic Excellence (Faculty-National category) award by Institution of Engineers (India).   

Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas developed in India (Tejas-N is the aircraft carrier-based version) (image: Rushabh P Bafna)

Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Chairman, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation)