Larsen & Toubro delivers India’s first launch hardware for Gaganyaan Mission
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has delivered the first hardware, a booster segment, for Gaganyaan Launch Vehicle to ISRO ahead of schedule in a virtual flag-off ceremony.
The ceremony was presided over by Dr K Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Notwithstanding the limitations imposed by COVID-19, the middle segment of the world’s third-largest solid propellant rocket booster – ‘S-200,’ has been delivered ahead of schedule with zero-defects.
The segment was produced at L&T’s Powai Aerospace Manufacturing facility meeting the enhanced quality and timeline requirements for India’s maiden manned mission.
The critical booster segment, with a diameter of 3.2 mtr, 8.5 mtr in length and weighing 5.5 tonne, was jointly flagged off in a virtual event.
GSLV Mk III launcher which is ISRO’s heavy-lift launcher is identified for Gaganyaan mission given its requisite payload carrying capacity for launching an orbiter module in a desired elliptical orbit. The S-200 forms the solid propellant booster for this launch vehicle.