Mumbai, May 05, 2017. Godrej & Boyce is proud to announce that its business unit Godrej Aerospace played a key role in the launch of the GSAT-9 satellite carried out by the Indian Space Research Organisation today.
This satellite, launched using ISRO’s heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09), will have multiple applications including tele-medicine, tele-education, terrain mapping and weather forecasting, for countries of the SAARC region. This is significant because India has achieved self-sufficiency for launching all satellites in the 2.4 tonne class.
Godrej Aerospace’s contribution to the GSLV includes critical equipment- first stage strap-on Vikas liquid propulsion engine, second stage strap-on Vikas liquid propulsion contour engine and indigenously developed thrust chambers for third stage cryogenic main and steering engine. The company has also manufactured and supplied parts for the satellite’s thrusters, which helps the satellite enter the desired orbit and keep it in orbit during its operational life.
Kaustubh Shukla, Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Products Group, Godrej & Boyce said, “This is a proud moment for India. I congratulate ISRO and its entire team for propelling our country to yet another milestone in its space programme. We have been a proud industry partner of ISRO since three decades and have been privileged to be part of several breakthrough missions. Today’s outstanding achievement offers further proof of the capability of the country’s space programme and Godrej is proud to make this contribution to the nation’s moment of glory.”
“This momentous milestone reminds me of my training in Russia in 1993 where we had limited exposure to Cryogenic engines. Today, it gives me immense satisfaction that our joint efforts with ISRO are giving us complete insights into this extremely critical Cryogenic Engine technology”, said S M Vaidya, EVP & Business Head, Godrej Aerospace.
Godrej Aerospace has been associated with ISRO since 1985, working with them on complex systems such as liquid propulsion engines for PSLV and GSLV rockets, thrusters for satellites and antenna systems. The company was also an integral part of the prestigious Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan missions. Godrej Aerospace has been committed to the cause of indigenous manufacturing for India’s space programmes, and at Godrej & Boyce, partnering the Indian space program is another way to add to the country’s technological know-how.