HAL-ISRO Cryogenic Engine Tank: India’s state owned aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Monday delivered the biggest ever cryogenic rocket propellant tank (C32 LH2) to the country’s apex space research organisation ISRO.
The HAL said the rocket fuel tank was delivered much ahead of the delivery schedule.
“The C32-LH2 tank is a developmental cryogenic propellant tank of aluminium alloy designed for improving the payload capability of GSLV MK-III launching vehicle,” the HAL said in a statement.
The propellant tank was handed over by MS Velpari, Director (Operations), HAL to Dr V Narayanan, Director (LPSC), ISRO in the presence of S Somanath, Director (VSSC) with other senior scientists from ISRO, participating in virtual mode and other senior officials of HAL.
Somanath, Director, VSSC, ISRO acknowledged HAL’s contributions to India’s space program as one of the valuable partners of ISRO in its long journey.
While appreciating HAL’s capability in absorbing any technological advancements and developments in productionizing any types of space hardware and structures for the space launch vehicle, he highlighted HAL’s role in developing eco-system by sharing the knowledge among private players towards strengthening the supply chain.
V Narayanan, Director (LPSC), while receiving the hardware, thanked the entire workforce of HAL for successful production of the developmental project.
Velpari reiterated HAL’s commitment to bring this mutual cooperation and support to the utmost level.
He also explained HAL’s preparedness to venture into complete realization of PSLV & GSLV launch vehicles progressively from raw material stage to launch stage including managing the entire supply chain of ISRO.
HAL’s cryogenic rocket propellant tank
The four meter diametric tank is of eight meter length to load 5,755 Kg propellant in the 89 cubic meter volume.
Total length of welding carried out in the tank was 115 meter at different stages to the quality requirement of 100% tests on radiography, Die penetrant check and Leak proof.
HAL has mastered the skills and technologies required for fabricating welded propellant tank of Aluminium ally to such stringent quality requirement, said the aircraft manufacturer.
HAL as a strategic reliable partner, has been associating with ISRO for the prestigious space programs since last five decades.
HAL has supplied critical structures, tankages, satellite structures for the PSLV, GSLV-MkII and GSLV-MkIII launch vehicle.
Various new projects like PS2/GS2 integration, Semi-Cryo structure fabrication and manufacture of cryo & semi cryo engines are being taken up at HAL, for which setting up of necessary infrastructure & facilities is nearing completion.
HAL has also supported ISRO right from the developmental phase of Crew Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment, PAD Abort test for Crew Escape for Human Space Mission and is currently building hardware for full-fledged launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III for Gaganyaan program, it said in the statement.