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Inauguration of HAL’s rocket engine manufacturing facility in Karnataka

An Integrated Cryogenic Engine Manufacturing Facility (ICMF) was established under the name of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which will manage the entire production of rocket engines all under one roof to support President Droupadi Murmu officially inaugurated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at Bengaluru on Tuesday.

The most modern ICMF is spread in an area of 4500 square meters and houses more than 70 top-of-the-line equipment and test facilities for the production of cryogenic (CE20) and semi-cryogenic (SE2000) engines for Indian rockets.

In 2013 an MOU was concluded with ISRO to establish a facility to manufacture cryogenic engine components at HAL, Aerospace Division. Then it was modified in 2016 to allow the creation of the facility of ICMF and an investment amount of 208 crores.

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai ISRO Chairperson S Somanath, HAL Chairman and Managing Director C B Ananthakrishnan, among others, attended the ceremony.

The commissioning of all the critical equipment for the manufacturing and assembly requirement has been completed, Bengaluru-headquartered HAL has said, adding that the pre-production activities involve preparation of the process, quality plans, and drawings have also commenced.

HAL will begin implementing the modules by March 2023. the company said.

HAL Aerospace Division makes liquid propellant tanks and launch vehicle components made of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV MK-II), GSLV Mk-III, and the stage for GSLV MK-II.

“The manufacturing facility (ICMF) will provide for every aspect of Rocket Engine Manufacturing under one roof for ISRO. It will help boost self-reliance in the production of Hi-thrust Rocket engines.” HAL said. HAL said.

Cryogenic engines are among the most frequently used engines in the world used in vehicles for launches, the statement stated. Because of the engine’s complexity to date, only a handful of nations — the USA, France, Japan, China, and Russia– can use cryogenics technology.

On the 5th of January, 2014, India successfully flew GSLV-D5 using an engine that was cryogenic and became the sixth nation to create cryogenic engines (made through ISRO through private industry) and also the sixth country to develop cryogenic engines.

Future exploration of space will rely on cryogenic technology. At the time, the President practically set the groundwork for the Zonal Institute of Virology (South Zone).

The Union Minister of State Health Bharati Pravin Pawar and Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar were also present.

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