- At IIT Kharagpur, a group of students is working on technology that may help power micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs) or mini-drones for Boeing.
- These are deployed in hazardous environments not accessible to ground vehicles and often used for aerial photography.
- Global and Indian aerospace firms are increasingly seeking out technical expertise at India’s premier engineering schools.
- They are making the students and the faculty of IITS part of critical product programmes. Apart from Boeing, Airbus, and state-run HAL, others engaging with the institutes include Mahindra Aerospace, Godrej Aerospace, Bharat Forge and Larsen and Toubro.
- HAL started with IIT-Roorkee, which has experts in aircraft structures and stealth materials. It then went to IIT-Kanpur, which is great at rotary systems, then to Kharagpur which has expertise in radar systems and finally to Mumbai for communications systems.