The Public sector aerospace major HAL has congratulated ISRO for the successful firing of the sleeping engine of the Mars spacecraft back to life and for making it fire briefly yesterday.
‘Our best wishes are with them for tomorrow’s operations that would put the spacecraft in the red planet’s orbit,’ R K Tyagi, Chairman, HAL said.
The HAL-ISRO partnership will further get strengthened in the years to come. An Integrated Cryogenic Engine Manufacturing Facility (ICMF) will be set-up at HAL’s Aerospace Division here and the division will manufacture cryogenic/semi cryogenic engines for ISRO.
Discussions with ISRO are already on for Assembly Integration and Testing of IRNSS satellites and for productionisation of propulsion sub-system for spacecraft and launch vehicle projects. Work packages for the Chandrayan-2 and Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) projects are also on the anvil, a HAL release said.
HAL has partnered and supported ISRO throughout its journey by providing hardware for satellites, SLV, ASLV, PSLV, GSLVMKII and GSLV MKIII (LVM3).
HAL’s association with India’s prestigious Space Program dates back to early 70s, when HAL provided technical inputs and manufacturing support to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for realisation of light alloy structural assemblies for satellites and launch vehicle.
It had built the structural assembly of India’s first satellite Aryabhata which was launched on April 19, 1975. The association further strengthened with vital inputs from HAL to build the satellites Bhaskara-1, Apple and Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV).
The technical capabilities of HAL made ISRO to partner with HAL in all its space endeavours and it wanted a Division of HAL totally dedicated to cater to its growing requirement of space worthy hardware.
In an effort to move up the value chain, HAL took up the total stage integration of the L40 booster stage of GSLV MKII vehicle and has successfully delivered 24 fully integrated stages till date.
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