meet the team
Aakash Kumar Porwal
Founder & CEO
An entrepreneur, creative, technologist, designer and a dreamer. He has successfully managed to launch two space flight missions to the edge of space. With over 9 years of exposure to the HAB technology, design, business, marketing and systems.
Aakash, 34, has extensively worked for three years on a space diving mission to make Space diving a mainstream sport and to reimagine it at the intersection of space, sports and entertainment. He was a founding team member at a technology company which got acquired, and has previously endeavored into jet charter venture. He perceives Space Aura initiatives through the lens of love for humanity and its beautiful future. A sports person having represented the state and loves music, laughter, animals, and raw beauty of nature.
Launch system for world record space jump & U.S. patent holder
Member of the core group involved in designing of the unique launch system (U.S. patent holder) for Alan Eustace’s world record space jump mission. He has over four decades of experience in high performance balloon technology design, fabrication and launch. He has led several large-scale scientific experiments with heavy payloads resulting in several breakthroughs.
Design & Technical Development,
Former ISRO scientist
Dinesh Kumar with more than 30 years of experience has worked at ISRO and Canada in Technology MNCs. At ISRO he was the original designer of On-Board Computer and CCD Cameras for Indian Remote Sensing Satellites. He has extensive experience in design, development, qualification and deployment of ruggedized products and solutions for industrial, defense and space applications.
R K Manchanda
Balloon Tech System,
Former Chairperson at NBF
More than four decades of experience in high performance balloon design and launch system. Former Lead Scientist and Chairperson at NBF having extensive experience working on complex and large-scale missions.
Strategy & Artificial Intelligence
12+ years experience in Tech startups, product, AI, & marketing. Previously a technology company he founded got acquired. He was a founding partner for a billion dollar company. An IIT-B alumni.
Innovator & entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in AI and technology leadership. His mission is to create Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) robots to accelerate expansion of humanity into space and Mars. As an entrepreneur, he is director in several successful start-up companies across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines. He has spent four years in the Himalayas to explore the various dimensions of humankind and life. An IIM-A alumni.
Sqn Ldr Shivvum Uppal
Research & Strategic Relations,
Former Indian Air Force Pilot
Former Fighter Pilot in the Indian Air Force. He has tremendous amount of aerospace know-how of more than a decade and enjoys working in the aerospace technical and research aspects. Strategy Leader at Airbus.
A design entrepreneur. He has a keen eye for human interaction design, technology & user research. He has attended engineering, design, & entrepreneurship programs from reputed institutions including MIT, US. On the side, Pranil works on solving food waste through tech, sculpts, Augmented Reality & plays tabla.
Ayush has more than 9 years of experience in global partnerships, marketing, and business development. He has founded more than four companies and extensive experience working with global clients and public listed companies.
Training & Fitness
13+ years in fitness industry. A performance and sports nutritionist with knowledge about nutrition and body adaptation for astronauts and space passengers. He’s a fitness trainer specializing in high performance and strength training. He’s been amongst the first five in India to get certified from the prestigious IFBB Academy. Also an educational coach to trainers – IHFA , Skill India.
15+ years experience in Technology across MNCs and startups. Previously, exited a tech company. At Unilever, he led the operations to support $1.25 Bn annual sales. An ISB alumni.
Sr. Mechanical R&D Engineer
A mechanical R&D Engineer by profession and an entrepreneur and space technology enthusiast. Have a vast experience in the design, development, and research of the safety-critical mechanisms for the automotive sector. He has also worked in the healthcare equipment to ensure patient safety through meaningful innovations.
A leader and media evangelist with wide experience in PR, media and marketing. Having experience of 7+ years in technology and media. He has created three media companies and served more than 150+ thematic campaigns across the globe and diverse industries.
Commercials & Global Relations
Leadership experience of 20+ years with global business and influential network through ventures across 15 countries. A self made entrepreneur having diverse experiences across multiple industries.
Rishabh is a multitasker who works on design, research, content, and handles various tasks that push our initiatives forward. With a strong background in technology and a passion for solving complex problems, he plays a crucial role in driving the backend technical initiatives.
An extraordinary transportation designer with a passion for innovative designs, he is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design and approaches the world of mobility with a fresh perspective on future evolution. He leads our spaceship design.
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