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Siddaramaiah woos US aerospace firms to ‘Make in Karnataka’

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Bengaluru: Pitching for investments to boost the state’s growth story, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday urged US aerospace firms to make products and components for domestic and global markets in Karnataka.

“I appeal to this august gathering of industry to invest in the aerospace sector and be part of ‘Make in Karnataka’,” Siddaramiah said at the US-India aviation summit here.

Noting that Bengaluru was India’s aerospace hub with 65 percent of the country’s investment in the sector, the chief minister said Karnataka was the first state to have an aerospace policy (2013-2023) to attract investments and new technologies.

“The growth potential of aerospace and defence industry has attracted global majors like Boeing, Honeywell, Airbus, EADS, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce and UTC Aerospace to set up their engineering and design services in this tech hub,” Siddaramaiah told at least 300 delegates participating in the three-day event.

Assuring the prospective firms of the state government’s support to facilitate their investments with incentives, Siddaramaiah said a dedicated Aerospace Park has been formed near the Bengaluru international airport at Devanahalli on 984 acres of land, with a special economic zone (SEZ) and the country’s first aerospace SEZ at Belagavi in the state’s northern region, about 500 km from Bengaluru.

Home to the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and other major defence units such as Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bengaluru has pioneered the growth of the aerospace industry across the country.

“Growth potential of our aerospace and defence industry is making global majors to set up their subsidiaries in India and collaborate with our industry for joint ventures, as the defence offset policy offers a huge opportunity to make for us and exports,” Siddaramaiah pointed out.

In this context, the chief minister said Maintenance, Repairs and Operations (MRO) segment in the civil aviation sector was estimated to be Rs.1,300 crore by 2020.

“Given the labour-intensive nature of MRO, leading MRO firms, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and international airlines are looking forward to outsource this work to Indian firms, as they are being done outside the country in Dubai, Sri Lanka and Singapore,” Siddaramaiah added.

The state has recently launched e-udyami, an online one-stop shop which allows investors to apply for approvals and monitor status of their projects’ implementation.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and US Ambassador to India Richard Verma addressed the gathering at the inaugural session.

Sponsored by the US Trade and Development Agency in partnership with the central government, the summit is meant to assist Indian stakeholders to identify and specify US technology and practices to suit their expansion and modernisation needs.

The Indian civil aviation market is expected to be $110 billion by 2020, as the country is projected to become the world’s third largest aviation market, handling 336 million domestic and 85 million international passengers.

The summit is also aimed at promoting sale of US equipment and services in a competitive Indian aviation market.

(IANS)

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China To Launch its First Mars Probe in July This Year

In November last year, China unveiled an experiment simulating the process of a probe hovering, avoiding obstacles and descending to land on Mars

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This is the first time the country disclosed the launch month of its Mars exploration programme, according to the newspaper which cited sources from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). Pixabay

China announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July this year, China Youth Daily reported on Thursday.

This is the first time the country disclosed the launch month of its Mars exploration programme, according to the newspaper which cited sources from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

The Mars probe will be sent by the Long March-5 Y4 carrier rocket.

The Long March-5 Y4 rocket has recently completed a 100-second test for its high thrust hydrogen-oxygen engine, which is the last engine examination before the final assembly, Xinhua reported.

According to the CASC, China will send a probe to orbit and land and deploy a rover on Mars.

In 2020, the Long March-5 rocket will carry out several missions, including the Mars probe launch and the lunar sample return.

A total of 24 high thrust hydrogen-oxygen rocket engine tests will be conducted this year for these missions.

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 China announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July this year, China Youth Daily reported on Thursday. Pixabay

In November last year, China unveiled an experiment simulating the process of a probe hovering, avoiding obstacles and descending to land on Mars.

The experiment was held on a trial ground, the largest one in Asia for test landing on extraterrestrial bodies, in Huailai county, Hebei province, reported Xinhua.

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How to safely land on Mars is one of the biggest challenges facing the mission.

The experiment simulated the gravity of Mars, about one-third of the gravity on Earth, to test the design of the lander. (IANS)