On November 30, 2020, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) delivered ‘C32-LH2’ Cryogenic Propellant Tank to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It is Biggest ever cryogenic propellant tank fabricated by HAL.
C32-LH2 is made of aluminium alloy and has been designed to improve the payload capability of GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) MK-III launching vehicle.
i.The tank was handed over by MS Velpari, Director (Operations), HAL to Dr V Narayanan, Director (LPSC), ISRO.
ii.S Somanath, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and other scientists participated in the virtual event.
i.The 4-metre diameter tank is of 8-metres length to load around 5, 755 Kg propellant in the 89 Cubic Metre Volume.
ii.The total length of weld carried out on the tank during various stages of quality requirement is 115 metres.
iii.The welds have been done to meet 100% quality requirements on radiography, dye penetrant check and leak-proof.
Other Collaborations of HAL with ISRO:
i.HAL has supplied ISRO with critical structures, tankages, satellite structure for the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), GSLV-Mk II and GSLV-MK III launch vehicle.
ii.It has supported ISRO in the developmental phase of Crew Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment, PAD Abort test for Crew Escape for Human Space Mission.
iii.HAL is also building hardware for full-fledged launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III for Gaganyaan Program.
iv.HAL has taken up projects like PS2/GS2 integration, Semi-Cryo structure fabrication and manufacture of cryo and semi-cryo engines.
Recent Related News:
i.On October 29, 2020, HAL signed a contract worth INR 400 Crore for a period of 9 years with Tech Mahindra for implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to support its ‘Project Parivarta’.
About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):
Chairman & Managing Director – R. Madhavan
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
About Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO):
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
Chairman – Kailasavadivoo (K) Sivan