HAL to host Rs 139-cr ISRO engine plant

HAL to host Rs 139-cr ISRO engine plant

The timeline is five years

Indian Space Research and Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, K Radhakrishnan, said on Saturday that the manufacturing facilities for integrated cryogenic engines will be set up at HAL’s Aerospace Division here, and that HAL will continue to play an important role in ISRO’s future programmes.

The statement was made while he was delivering the seventh L M Khatre Memorial Lecture, “Indian Space Programme: Emerging Frontiers.”

ISRO will soon invest Rs 139 crore for the unit in HAL, Radhakrishnan said, adding that the unit will fabricate the components required for cryogenic engines.

“We need them for the GSLV MK III and also semi cryo-engines for the future,” he said.
ISRO is looking to achieve reusable launch vehicle technology and semi-cyrogenic know-how by 2020. With the global market for space enterprise a $180 billion business, the space agency will also examine ways to collaborate with the industry to build Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) in the future.

“The timeline is 5 years, it will be a collaboration between ISRO and private industry and a joint effort,” he said.

Mars mission

Further, India’s Mars mission — Mangalyaan — he said, was more complex and intricate compared to Chandrayaan (India’s maiden, unmanned mission to the moon). 

The Mars Orbiter mission poses unique challenges to engineers and they will have to deal with issues they have never faced before like a 40-minute gap between communication, he pointed out. He revealed that the team was working out several technicalities to meet the deadlines.

“Any delay in the launch of the satellite will set the launch back by another 26 months,” he said and added that the satellite is set for a November 2013 launch, and that it is expected to reach Mars’ orbit in September 2014.

R K Tyagi, Chairman of HAL, while stressing that creativity and innovation are key to success in the aerospace sector, described HAL as being the biggest investor in defence research and development in the country.

“HAL spends about 12 per cent of its turnover on research activities — far ahead of other Public Service Undertakings and private players,” he added.

The company has filed 67 patents in 2012-13 and aims to file more this year.

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