VTOL Aviation India Pvt. Ltd.

Under Industry-Academia Collaboration With

indian institute of technology (kanpur)




'VTOL AVIATION INDIA' intended to identify potential areas of technical collaboration that would leverage development of such an advanced technology which is not yet developed in India and desires to make remarkable contribution to the Indian aviation sector with the support from 'INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – KANPUR'. 'VTOL AVIATION INDIA' was primarily founded to make major and significant contributions to the Indian aviation sector, and not for commercial objective, so in this premise collaborating with India Premier institute was the most obvious match for a collaborating partner. IIT-Kanpur is India's premier engineering institute having vast experience in academics and research.

'VTOL AVIATION INDIA' also intends to engage in skill involvement programs and simulation studies at IITK. Our aim is increasing industry exposure to improve employability of students, increasing student engagement in current technologies through internship programs & live projects. We further intend to conduct professional development courses for increasing awareness of technologies, their industrial implementation and commercial applications. MOU & Contractual agreement for Industry Academia Collaboration has been signed between IIT Kanpur & VTOL Aviation India Pvt. Ltd. An overall tentative initial budget had been outlined at approximately Rs. 11 crore for Scientific Research & Developments and the regular disbursements are in place with phase-wise R & D Progress.

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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is globally acclaimed for education and research in science, engineering, management and humanities. Indian institute established by Govt. of India in 1959 as one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology. The institute was created with the assistance of a consortium of nine US research universities as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP). Aerospace department at IIT Kanpur is one of few institutions in India providing education in the field of Aeronautical engineering having state-of-the-art facilities such as wind-tunnel and flight lab equipped with airfield and test aircrafts. The Aerospace Engineering Department in IITK is more than 40 years old.

The department has the following laboratories with a clear focus on teaching and research:

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  • High Speed and Low Speed Aerodynamics Lab

  • Propulsion Lab

  • Combustion Lab

  • Flame Dynamics Lab

  • Structures Lab

  • Flight Lab

  • Aeromodelling Lab

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab

  • Structural Analysis Lab

  • Unsteady Aerodynamics Lab

  • Design Lab

  • Autonomous Helicopter Lab

  • Micro Air Vehicle Lab


The faculties of the department were instrumental in establishing the National Tunnel Facility (NWTF), which now forms a separate section. The major contributions of the faculty are in the design and development of high speed and low speed wind tunnels, flow measurements using hotwire and laser Doppler anemometry, PIV, reacting flow, CFD, industrial and wind energy aerodynamics, CFD including subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic flow computations, supersonic/hypersonic similitude, unsteady aerodynamic modeling and parametric estimation techniques; satellite dynamics; (analysis and development of software in the areas of thermal problems in rocket propulsion) and flow through turbo-machines, structural dynamics, random vibration analysis, design and optimization of fiber reinforced composite structures for static, dynamic and random loading; adaptive finite element analysis; smart structures; multi scale modeling; damage in composite structures; behavior of adhesive joints; helicopter dynamics, aero-elasticity; wind turbines; modeling of advanced materials; micro/mini air vehicles, autonomous helicopter.

VTOL Aviation India Pvt. Ltd.
VTOL Aviation India Pvt. Ltd.

The advanced engineered aircraft technologies being developed by VTOL AVIATION INDIA with IIT Kanpur under Industry Academia Collaboration have tremendous potential to become the pioneering technology in the field of civil aviation and defence as well. The prominent feature is its capability to land on any space, open ground, rooftop, helipad, snow, runway or no runway, and the best feature is that it can land on water and take off as well just like a seaplane.

The flight laboratory runs courses in flight testing wherein students participate to collect, analyze and evaluate performance and handling qualities of the airplanes. Flight laboratory is actively involved in the research towards parameter estimation from flight data. Accordingly, the aircraft instrumentation is being upgraded. The expertise developed here are being shared with various aero agencies to contribute towards research and development in the field of flight testing.