HAL as key partner in GSLV Mk III
Allstructural assemblies and propellant tankages of GSLV Mk III were produced at HAL’s Aerospace Division, including the tallest ever Payload Fairing which protected all the sensitive crucial equipment during the launch phase. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD of HAL said that HAL’s Aerospace Division was the only facility available in the country that manufactured such huge space worthy complex structures. “We congratulate Space Voyagers of India - Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for its successful launch”, he added. Twenty types of riveted structure, six types of welded structure and GSAT19 bus structure were manufactured at the Aerospace Division of HAL and delivered in time for the GSLV MKIII D1 mission. The fabrication of the composite OPLF Heat shield (Ogive Payload Fairing) which is five metres in diameter and 11 achievement.”
HAL and ISRO have a five decade old partnership “which is growing stronger by the day.” HAL programmes – the PSLV, GSLV Mk II and GSLV Mk III – by way of supplying light alloy structures, tankages and satellite bus bars. “HAL has acquired new capabilities and modernised its facilities continuously over time 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.