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In News: Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft successfully make its maiden flight.
Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft:
- Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft is an aircraft designed and developed by CSIR-NAL.
- The unique features of Hansa-NG are glass cockpit with cabin comfort, high, efficient digitally controlled engine, electrically-operated flaps, long endurance, low acquisition, and low operating cost.
- CSIR-NAL has already identified a private partner and series production will start soon.
- National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), is India’s first & largest aerospace firm.
- It was established by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at Delhi in 1959 and its headquarters was later moved to Bangalore in 1960.
- It is the only government aerospace R&D laboratory in the country’s civilian sector.
- The firm closely operates with HAL, DRDO and ISRO and has the prime responsibility of developing civilian aircraft in India.
- The CSIR-NAL mandate is to develop aerospace technologies with strong science content, design and build small and medium-sized civil aircraft, and support all national aerospace programmes.
About Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
- It is the largest research and development (R&D) organisation in India.
- CSIR hasa pan-India presence and has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units.
- Established: September 1942.
- CSIR is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and it operates as an autonomous body through the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
- CSIR covers a wide spectrum of streams – from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.
- It provides significant technological intervention in many areas with regard to societal efforts which include the environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors.
- Organisation Structure
- President: Prime Minister of India (Ex-officio)
- Vice President: Union Minister of Science and Technology (Ex-officio)
- Governing Body: The Director-General is the head of the governing body. The other ex-officio member is the finance secretary (expenditures).
- 15-member advisory body composed of prominent members from respective fields of science and technology. Member terms are of three years.