On November 17, 2020, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) delivered First Hardware – a Booster Segment – ‘S-200’ for Gaganyaan Launch Vehicle to ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) in a virtual flag-off ceremony. The Booster Segment has been delivered ahead of the Scheduled delivery date.S-200 is world’s third-largest solid propellant rocket booster.
The Virtual flag-off ceremony was presided over by Dr K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO.
i.The Booster segment was produced at L&T’s Powai Aerospace Manufacturing Facility, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
ii.The Critical booster segment has a diameter of 3.2 meters, 8.5 meters in length and weighs 5.5 tons.
iii.L&T is playing a vital role in powering ISRO’s Human Space Flight Programme (HSFP).
iv.S200 will be the solid propellant booster for the GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) Mk III Launch vehicle.
Gaganyaan – India’s Human Space Flight Programme (HSFP):
i.ISRO’s Gaganyaan mission aims to send a three-member crew to space for a period of 5-7 days by 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence.
ii.Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are providing technological support.
iii.GSLV Mk III Launcher will be the launch vehicle for the mission.
iv.The programme is set for launch in August, 2022.
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i.October 2, 2020, ISRO is all set to launch its first Venus mission “Shukrayaan-1” in 2025 with participation of French space agency CNES (National Centre for Space Studies; French: Centre national d’etudes spatiales).
About Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO):
Chairman – Dr. K. Sivan
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
About Larsen & Toubro (L&T):
Chairman – Anil Manibhai Naik
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director – S. N. Subrahmanyan
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra