Bengaluru, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has and will continue to play a significant role in India’s current and future space programme including the Gaganyaan manned mission to space, given the skills and knowledge base within the company, said S. Somanath, Chairman on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
He was speaking at the handing over function of the first set of Gaganyaan Hardware by HAL to ISRO and at the inauguration of HAL’s PS2/GS2 stage integration facility in Bengaluru on April 4. HAL also handed over 150th Make Satellite Bus Structure on this occasion.
The ISRO Chairman identified indigenisation and cost reduction as major challenges in the space missions and said apart from HAL, private players will have a role in achieving these goals.
HAL CMD R Madhavan, speaking on the occasion, recalled HAL’s long association with ISRO for over 40 years, and said HAL is well poised to play a bigger role in the integration activities related to the launch vehicles. “We will continue to be a reliable partner of ISRO with dedication, devotion and zeal,” he added.
The PS2 stage is the second stage of PSLV launch vehicle in which earth storable propellants are used for propulsion.