HAL a key partner in GSLV Mk III launch

HAL a key partner  in GSLV Mk III launch

All the structural assemblies and propellant tankages of GSLV Mk III — India’s heaviest rocket — launched from Sriharikota on Monday — were produced here at the Aerospace Division of state-owned aviation major, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).

HAL produced the tallest- ever Pay Load Fairing, which protected all the sensitive and crucial equipment during the launch phase. Twenty types of riveted structures, six types of welded structures and GSAT-19 bus structure were manufactured at the HAL facility and delivered in time for the GSLV MKIII D1 mission. The fabrication of the composite OPLF heat shield (Ogive Payload Load Fairing) which is five metres in diameter and 11 metres in height is a significant achievement.

Under its five-decade-old partnership with Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), HAL contributes to the PSLV, GSLV Mk II and GSLV Mk III programmes — by way of supplying light alloy structures, tankages and satellite bus bars.

HAL has modernised its facilities to develop next generation hardware for future space missions. Currently, the booster rockets of GSLV MKII integrated by HAL are used directly on the launch pad. The company had delivered 18 structures and propellant tankages to the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) launched on November 5, 2013, a company release said. 

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