An aircraft that can fly on solar power might seem something right out of science fiction, but it may soon be a reality, according to engineers at Altran Technologies.
The new concept for the aircraft was showcased in Bangalore yesterday and an official said that the prototype had already done multiple sorties (operational flights), both during the day and at night.
Altran Technologies, is a French engineering company which operates across 20 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and plans to expand its Indian operations, by tapping the Indian market and also serving global customers in the aerospace, automotive, railways and energy verticals from India, according to a senior company official.
The €1.4-billion global leader in innovation and high-tech engineering consulting offers support globally to companies in the development of products and services across diverse verticals.
To scale up, the firm is considering both organic and inorganic routes. ''We will expand our Indian subsidiary's operations to a workforce of about 2,000 by 2014 from about 300 now,'' Altran group chief technical officer Michel Bailly told reporters in Bangalore.
Altran said yesterday that it was in talks with a number of Indian manufacturing companies for strategic acquisitions and for ramping up its operations in the aerospace and automotive sectors. ''We aim to grow 40 per cent organically and 60 per cent inorganically in the sectors in India that have emerged as a key market,'' Bailly added.