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HAL hands over Orbiter Craft Module Structure for Chandrayaan-2

By OneIndia Defence Desk

Bengaluru, June 22: Plane-maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) said on Monday, June 22 that it had delivered the ‘Orbiter Craft Module Structure' meant to be used for the ambitious Chandrayaan-2 programme of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

HAL has been supporting ISRO throughout its journey by providing hardware for satellites, SLV, ASLV, PSLV, GSLVMKII and GSLV MKIII (LVM3).


HAL Chairman T Suvartna Raju said that the Orbiter Craft Module was handed over to the ISAC (ISRO Satellite Centre) recently.

"The structure that was handed over is in the three-tonne category made out of a central composite cylinder, shear webs and deck panels," says Raju.

Chandrayaan-2 is a two-module configuration spacecraft comprising of the ‘Orbiter Craft' and the ‘Lander Craft'.

The mission is aimed at placing an Orbiter around the moon and sending a Lander and Rover to the surface of the moon.
Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to be launched by a Geo-Stationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MKII) in future.

Missile integration on Jaguar successful

In another related development in HAL, one of its divisions MCSRDC has taken up the integration of an Air-to-Sea anti-ship-missile for the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Jaguar maritime aircraft.

HAL insiders said that electrical design, structural design, integration testing, certification and flight evaluation are part of the integration process.

HAL's Bengaluru-based Overhaul Division is said to have undertaken the modification of the two Jaguar maritime aircraft for this purpose and integration activities are carried out by MCSRDC.

"The aero-mechanical clearance of store on the aircraft was supported by ARDC. First phase trials were held in April to establish data link with the support aircraft and the ground telemetry. The next phase of trials basically checked the missile with airborne telemetry and subsequent missile firing," an official said.

After the completion of the trials, the team executed the final missile firing in an ‘Air-to-Sea' mode.

"A decommissioned ship positioned offshore of Goa was the target and the missile hit it with pint-point precision," the official added.

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