For the past couple of years, the world has been a buzz with news that we may be getting closer to commercial space travel. Private space companies seem to be breaking barriers ever week, getting us closer to the dream of spending your holiday orbiting the earth. The only technology which can make it come true in the near future is Aerospace Technology. Aerospace technology deals with the development of new technologies in the field of aviation, space and defense systems.
With 8,100 satellites in nearly 25,000 aircrafts flying around the world, you know the role of an aerospace engineer is something quite special. To the world, the sky is the limit, but for them, the sky is just the beginning. Aerospace engineers have their specialization of designing spacecrafts and aircrafts like planes, satellites and rockets. They also plan the missions like ‘Chandrayaan’ and trajectories like in ‘Mangalyaan’.
Designing an aircraft is not a cakewalk, the engineers have to keep in mind various things like the weight of the aircraft, its size, speed, quality control requirements, fuel to be used, acceleration of the craft, its agility, aerodynamics, the possibility of radiations, engine to be used and many more. Aerospace engineering is divided into two branches, Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautical Engineering. Aeronautical engineering deals with the designing and development of aircrafts and missiles and helicopters where as astronautical engineering deals with the construction of space shuttles, space rockets and space stations.
Apart from a four years engineering course of aerospace, there are various certified coursed on aerospace of shorter durations to enhance the knowledge of people all around the world. These include digitalization in aeronautics and space, digitalization in space research, a brief history of human spaceflight and many more. These courses can be both paid and unpaid and can be easily found on the following link https://www.coursera.org/courses?query=aerospace
The career in aerospace is not just confined to engineering, its wider than you can think it can be. The scope of this technology is really vast. From being the pilot or crew members of a spacecraft to quality control inspector, it has an unfathomable career options including
· Pilot Astronaut
· Mission specialist
· Ground radio operator
· Aerospace model technicians
· Technical communicators
The salary of an aerospace engineer is quite nominal. The average package in India varies from 5-8 LPA depending upon the work experience and the company one works in. In addition to that, there are various allowances, commissions, bonus and profit sharing schemes too.
TOP 10 AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE COMPANIES IN INDIA
With the rapid increase in the demands of aerospace technology and defense spending, there has been a substantial increase in the number of aerospace companies after 2019. SO, here is the top 10 companies of aerospace and defense.
· Airnetz Aviation Pvt. Ltd
· Aroon Aviation Services Pvt Ltd
· BAE Systems India Services Pvt Ltd
· Bharat Dynamics Ltd
· Bharat Electronics Ltd
· BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd
· Boeing India Pvt Ltd
· Electronics Corporation on India Ltd
· Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
· Lockheed Martin India Pvt Ltd
FUTURE OF AERSOSPACE TECHNOLOGY
When you think about the future of aerospace, your mind might go someplace big. Taking a commercial flight to Mars at the speed of light, commuting to wok on a passenger drone, or living in an aero ship the size of a small city. All good ideas albeit a bit far-fetched. So, let’s talk about the real future of aerospace.
· USE OF NON-CONVENTIONAL SOURCE OF ENERGY
The future of aerospace is dependent on protecting our planet and people that live here. That’s why there is a push for changes big and small. From hybrid planes that use both electric and traditional fuel sources to propel aircrafts through the air to new winglet designs that help increase fuel efficiency. The tiny features added in the aircraft will make a huge difference to both the emission of aircraft in terms of noise and fuel burn. This may seem beneficial to passengers since the use of lighter fuel may reduce the cost of their tickets.
· TRANPORTING PEOPLE EFFICIENCTLY
The engineers are looking for ways to reduce the cabin altitude so that instead of being at the top of an 8,000 feet mountain, you’re sitting at 5,000 feet which in a journey of say 8 hours makes you feel more alive and less dizzy. It would make the passengers less dreary and a lot more human after landing.