Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced recently that it has delivered the first ‘Crew Model Structure Assembly’ for the Human Spaceflight Program to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In a press release issued by the company, it was stated that defense major HAL handed over the Crew Module to ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore.
The pilot Crew Module shall be further equipped with the necessary systems required for crew support, navigation, guidance and control systems by ISRO for experimentation in their approaching GSLV-MK3 launch. At present, the GSLV-III or Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III is being developed under ISRO’s supervision, and it’s designed and developed to make India completely self-reliant in launching heavier communication satellites of INSAT-4 class, weighing 4500-5000 kg. It shall even better the country’s competitiveness in the multimillion dollar CLV launch market.
HAL Chairman stated that they take real pride in India’s space programmes, and that their Aerospace division produced this Crew Model in record time to address the needs and requirements of ISRO.