L&T delivers critical part of rocket booster S-200 for ISRO’s Gaganyaan Mission
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has delivered the first hardware, a booster segment, for Gaganyaan Launch Vehicle to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The critical booster segment was produced at L&T’s Powai Aerospace Manufacturing Facility.
Mumbai, Nov 17, 2020:
Notwithstanding the limitations imposed by COVID-19, the Middle segment of the world’s third-largest solid propellant rocket booster, S-200, has been delivered ahead of schedule with zero-defects. The segment was produced at L&T’s Powai Aerospace Manufacturing Facility meeting the enhanced quality and timeline requirements for India’s maiden manned mission.
The Gaganyaan Mission aims to send a three-member crew to space for a period of five to seven days by 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence. The first unmanned mission has been planned in December 2020, followed by the second unmanned mission in June 2021.
L&T has been playing a vital role in powering ISRO’s Human Space Flight Program (HSFP). A trusted partner of ISRO for almost five decades, L&T has been involved in the production of a range of hardware for every mission of ISRO, including the acclaimed Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan missions.
The critical booster segment, with a diameter of 3.2 m, 8.5 m in length and weighing 5.5 tonne, was jointly flagged off in a virtual event by Dr K Sivan, Secretary Department of Space & Chairman ISRO and Jayant Patil, Whole-time Director and Member of L&T board. This ceremony was graced by Dr S Somnath, Director VSSC, Dr V R Lalithambika, Director DHSP and Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair, Director HSFC, members of scientific community across ISRO laboratories and officials from Larsen & Toubro.
Terming this maiden delivery as a magnificent Diwali gift to the nation, Dr K Sivan complimented the ISRO and L&T teams and said, “both the teams have relentlessly worked on realising the flight hardware ahead of schedule while maintaining the highest quality standards required for a Human Space Flight Mission.”
J D Patil, Whole-Time Director and Senior Executive Vice President (Defence & Smart Technologies), L&T, said, “We felt honoured to be trusted by ISRO in this extremely critical space program, where best engineering minds and skilled hands of L&T are meeting the technological challenges with ISRO, its five-decade-old partner. We are confident that together with ISRO scientists, L&T engineers and technicians will fulfill aspirations of the Nation.”
The Human Space Mission: GSLV Mk III launcher which is ISRO’s heavy-lift launcher is identified for Gaganyaan Mission given its requisite payload carrying capacity for launching an Orbiter module in a desired elliptical orbit. The S-200 forms the solid propellant booster for this launch vehicle.