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Foreword

National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR),
India is the only civilian aerospace R&D laboratory in the country. CSIR-NAL is a high-technology oriented institution
focusing on advanced disciplines in aerospace and has a mandate to develop aerospace technologies with strong science
content, design and build small and medium size civil aircraft and support all national aerospace programmes. Core
competence of NAL spans practically the whole aerospace sector namely civil aircraft design and development, MAV
design and development, computational fluid dynamics, experimental aerodynamics, flight mechanics and control,
turbo machinery and combustion, composites, structural design, analysis & testing, structural dynamics & integrity,
aerospace materials, surface modifications, avionics and instrumentation, electromagnetics, metrological modeling, wind
energy etc. To carryout R&D in these multidisciplinary areas CSIR-NAL has many advanced test facilities recognized as
National Facilities. These are not only best in the country but are also comparable to other similar facilities in the world.
Along with these facilities and its globally recognized competence has enabled CSIR-NAL to achieve outstanding R&D
successes, innovative technology developments and advanced national test capabilities. It is noteworthy to mention that
every Indian aerospace vehicle has graduated out of NAL’s 1.2m Trisonic Wind Tunnel. It has completed nearly 47000
blowdowns and performing reliably over 50 years. The Acoustic Test Facility commissioned at CSIR-NAL for ISRO in 1986
has carried out on all of ISRO’s launch vehicle stages (ASLV, PSLV and GSLV) as well as satellites. These are the two major
national aerospace test facilities to mention amongst the whole gamut of test facilities established at CSIR-NAL. This
compendium of test facilities provides an insight on various test facilities at NAL and their significance with application.
It also serves as a reference guide to our various stake holders.

JITENDRA J JADHAV
DIRECTOR
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