L&T delivers key hardware for manned space mission

IDD Bureau

An important hardware — a booster segment — for the Gaganyaan space launch vehicle, planned as India’s manned mission to space, has been delivered to ISRO ahead of schedule despite the restriction due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

ISRO is the state-run Indian Space and Research Organistaion  and the booster segment has been made by Indian private sector company, Larsen & Toubro (L&T). India had successfully sent a Mars orbiter called ‘Mangalyaan’ and moon orbiter ‘Chandrayaan’, the Gaganyaan project is for the human spaceflight programme of the ISRO.

 “Notwithstanding the limitations imposed by COVID-19, the middle segment of the world’s third-largest solid propellant rocket booster – called the ‘S-200,’ has been delivered ahead of schedule with zero-defects”.

L&T statement

The Human Space Mission of ISRO will use the GSLV Mk III ISRO’s heavy-lift launcher for Gaganyaan mission. The ‘S-200’ forms the solid propellant booster for this launch vehicle. The segment was produced at L&T’s aerospace manufacturing facility at Powai, Mumbai.

The critical booster segment, with a diameter of 3.2 meters, 8.5 meters in length and weighing 5.5 tonnes  was jointly flagged off at  a virtual event by Dr. K Sivan, Secretary Department of Space & Chairman ISRO and Mr. Jayant Patil whole-time Director and Member of L&T board.

This ceremony was graced by members of scientific community across ISRO laboratories and officials from Larsen & Toubro. The L&T is India’s leading engineering, procurement and construction projects, manufacturing, defence and services conglomerate.

The L&T role in space flight

L&T is 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.

L&T made booster segment

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 realizing the flight hardware ahead of schedule while maintaining the highest quality standards required for a Human Space Flight Mission.”

JD 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”.

The L&T is an Indian multinational engaged in engineering, procurement and construction projects, manufacturing, defence and services with over USD 21 billion in revenue. It operates in over 30 countries worldwide. A strong, customer–focused approach and the constant quest for top class quality have enabled L&T to attain and sustain leadership in its major lines of business for eight decades

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