Experts endorse the book as a must have for studies in aeronautics
Understanding Air and Space Vehicles authored by Prof. H.S. Mukunda was released at the premises of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore recently. Published by the Jain University Press, the book provides a distinctive view of comparative and contrasting features of all flying vehicles, within and outside the atmosphere, with examples drawn from recent developments on flight vehicles in India. It addresses all aspects of flying vehicles – aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, control, guidance and navigation, and their influence on the flight performance at a level of detail that is suited both for armchair reading and a moderately rigorous study.
Birds vs. Aircraft or Helicopter, Aircraft vs. Rocket-based vehicles are examined for their commonalities and differences. The examples from contemporary developments with specially constructed tables and graphs used to illustrate the ideas and concepts provide the book with an added dimension. It can be read by all who have an interest in gaining an understanding of what, where and why of different types of aerospace vehicles.
The event was attended by a distinguished panel of scientists and educationists including Dr. V.K. Aatre, Former Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, Govt. of India, and Visiting Professor IISc.; Prof. Roddam Narasimha, DST Scientist of the Year, JNSCAR; Prof. S. Gopalakrishna, Chairman, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc. and Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain University.
The gathering was welcomed by Prof. Rajani Jairam, Dean, Students’ Welfare, Jain University.
“This book is timely and would be of great help to the students of aeronautics and aerospace engineering,” Dr. Aatre said in his address. His thoughts were echoed in the address by Prof. Narasimha. He said, “Prof. Mukunda has filled a badly felt need in aeronautical education with this book. The best part is that the book takes into account examples from the Indian context.”
Dr. Roychand congratulated Prof. Mukunda on the occasion and reflected on the sagacity of scientific community which has enabled unthinkable advancements for the human civilization. “The human intellect has always fascinated me. It is capable of great feats. Education is a tool to tap into it and this thought inspired me to enter this field.” Prof. Mukunda delved into his experiences on writing the book during the event. “For forty years that I was working at IISc., I had deep interactions with people at DRDO, ISRO and I was involved in a number of experiences, and I felt I should condense what I had gained in some form for the younger generation to benefit.” The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof. Asha Rajiv, Director, School of Sciences, Jain University.