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JALDOST Airboat:

The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) unveiled the JALDOST airboat.

  • JALDOST is an airboat that operates on water.
  • It is designed to remove excess aquatic weed and floating waste from water bodies.
  • It has a closed airtight pontoon type hull to make it inherently unsinkable.
  • According to NAL, it has a hybrid propulsion system, comprising air propulsion and paddle wheel propulsion.
  • The ability to travel through weed makes JALDOST an ideal platform to collect them and bring them to the shore.
  • A steel mesh belt conveyor system fixed in the front collects the waste. The collected waste falls on the horizontal deck conveyor.
  • After reaching the shore, the collected waste is unloaded by a rear conveyor system to trucks or tractors.
  • NAL has developed two versions of the airboat — JALDOST Mark-1 and an upgraded version JALDOST Mark-2.

National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)

  • It is a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, established in the year 1959.
  • It is the only government aerospace R&D laboratory in the country’s civilian sector.
  • CSIR-NAL is a high-technology-oriented institution focusing on advanced disciplines in aerospace.
  • It has several advanced test facilities, and many of them are recognized as National Facilities.
  • It has provided significant value-added inputs to all the Indian national aerospace programmes.