L&T delivers launch hardware for Gaganyaan mission ahead of time
Engineering major Larsen & Toubro ( L&T) has delivered India’s first launch hardware for Gaganyaan launch vehicle to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) ahead of schedule.
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, said the company in a press release.
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, said the company.
ISRO’s heavy-lift launcher GSLV Mk III is identified for Gaganyaan mission given its requisite payload carrying capacity for launching an Orbiter module in a desired elliptical orbit.
The critical booster segment, with a diameter of 3.2 metre, 8.5 metre in length and weighing 5.5 tons, was jointly flagged off in a virtual event by K Sivan, Secretary Department of Space & Chairman ISRO and Jayant Patil, whole-time director and Member of L&T board.
Terming this maiden delivery as “a magnificent Diwali gift to the nation”, Sivan complimented the ISRO and L&T teams and said, “both the teams have relentlessly worked on realizing the flight hardware ahead of schedule while maintaining the highest quality standards required for a human space flight mission”.
“We felt honoured to be trusted by ISRO in this extremely critical space programme, where the best engineering minds and skilled hands of L&T are meeting the technological challenges with ISRO, its five-decade-old partner,” said Patil of L&T.
Date: Nov 17, 2020