The Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) systems laboratory was established in the year 2002 at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Bombay. The laboratory has been involved in carrying out R&D projects related to design, analysis, fabrication and testing of LTA systems. As a part of its global outreach, the laboratory has been contributing towards the development of various LTA projects related to public, private as well as academic sectors. The LTA research team led by Dr. Rajkumar S. Pant is spearheading the development of LTA technology in India. It aims to design and develop easily realizable and environmentally sustainable solutions for several niche applications such as aerial surveillance, last-mile communication, cargo transportation and planetary exploration.

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