Inauguration of HAL’s rocket engine manufacturing plant in Karnataka

An Integrated Cryogenic Engine Manufacturing Facility (ICMF) established by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which would cover all rocket engine production under one roof for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was inaugurated by President Draupadi Murmu in Bangalore on Tuesday. The state-of-the-art ICMF, housed in an area of ​​4,500 square meters, houses more than 70 high-tech equipment and test facilities for manufacturing cryogenic (CE20) and semi-cryogenic (SE2000) engines of Indian rockets.

In 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with ISRO to establish the Cryogenic Engine Module Manufacturing Facility at HAL, Aerospace Division, and it was later amended in 2016 for the establishment of ICMF with an investment of Rs 208 crore.

Governor of Karnataka Thaawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, President of ISRO S SomanathHAL Chairman and Managing Director CB Ananthakrishnan, among others, were present at the event.

Commissioning of all critical equipment for manufacturing and assembly needs has been completed, Bengaluru-headquartered HAL said, adding that pre-production activities which involve preparation of process plans and quality, as well as designs, also began.

HAL will start making the modules by March 2023, he said.

The HAL Aerospace division manufactures liquid propellant tanks and launcher structures for Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles (GSLV MK-II), GSLV Mk-III and also Stage Integration for GSLV MK-II.

“The facility (ICMF) will accommodate all rocket engine manufacturing under one roof for ISRO. It will enhance self-reliance in high-thrust rocket engine manufacturing,” the HAL said.

Cryogenic engines are the most widely used engines in launch vehicles worldwide, the statement said. Due to the complex nature of the cryogenic engine, so far only a few countries – the United States, France, Japan, China and Russia – have mastered cryogenic technology.

On January 5, 2014, India successfully piloted the GSLV-D5 with a cryogenic engine and became the sixth country to develop cryogenic engines (manufactured by ISRO through private industries) and became the sixth countries to develop cryogenic engines.

Space exploration in the future will mainly depend on cryogenic technology.

On this occasion, the President also virtually laid the first stone of the Zonal Institute of Virology (South Zone).

Union Minister of State for Health, Bharati Pravin Pawar, Karnataka Minister of Health, K Sudhakar were also present on the occasion.

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