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1 DEC 2014
ISRO Chairman Lays Foundation Stone for Space Program, Calls HAL “Partner-in-Progress”

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO (third from left) releasing the blue-print of Integrated Cryogenic Engine Manufacturing (ICEM) project in Bengaluru on December 1, 2014. HAL Chairman, Dr. R. K. Tyagi (third from right) is also seen.
Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO (third from left) releasing the blue-print of Integrated Cryogenic Engine Manufacturing (ICEM) project in Bengaluru on December 1, 2014. HAL Chairman, Dr. R. K. Tyagi (third from right) is also seen.
Bengaluru, December 1, 2014

The Chairman of ISRO, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan laid the foundation stone for Integrated Cryogenic Engine Manufacturing (ICEM) facility on HAL land in presence of HAL Chairman, Dr. R. K. Tyagi here today. The facility is being set up over a built-up area of 5560 sqm opposite to HAL’s Aerospace Division and will be manned by HAL.  ISRO will fund Rs 139 crores for the facility. “Our plan is to establish the ICEM facility in next two years and we are proud to come out with a strategy on indigenous engines for our space missions in future”, said Dr. Tyagi.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Radhakrishnan, hailed HAL’s contribution to ISRO. “We remember HAL every time we succeed in our missions, the Mars Orbiter Mission being the latest. We have been partners in progress and will continue to be so in future too”, he said.
 
Dr. Tyagi recalled the success stories of ISRO and assured the space agency the continued support in all its missions. “Together we will work to ensure that the make-in-India efforts succeed in the space sector”, he said. “HAL is now transforming itself from being manufacturing company to technology driven company. We have identified 111 technologies which we need to master in next few years”, he added.  He also pointed out that HAL has now registered over 500 patents as against single digit figure two years ago.
 
The major facilities planned at this upcoming ICEM unit include rotary vacuum brazing facility, machineries for sheet metal forming, CNC machines (mainly 5 axis) for complex geometry machining, tungsten inert gas/metal inert gas welding, the heat treatment facilities for special materials and testing facilities. The new facility is expected to have a turnover nearly Rs. 9 crores per year.
 
Mr. K. Naresh Babu, Managing Director, HAL’s Bangalore Complex, Mr. V. Natarajan, GM, Aerospace Division and senior officials of ISRO also spoke on the occasion.
 
HAL-ISRO Partnership Details:
HAL has partnered and supported ISRO throughout its journey by providing hardware for satellites, SLV, ASLV, PSLV, GSLVMKII and GSLV MKIII (LVM3).
 
HAL`s  association  with  India`s  prestigious  Space  Program  dates  back  to  early 70s, when HAL provided technical inputs and manufacturing support to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for realisation of light alloy structural assemblies for satellites and launch vehicle. HAL had built the structural assembly of India`s first satellite “Aryabhata” which was launched on April 19, 1975.  The association further strengthened with vital inputs from HAL to build the satellites   “Bhaskara-1”, “Apple” and Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV).  The technical capabilities of HAL made ISRO to partner with HAL in all its space endeavours and it wanted  a  Division  of  HAL  totally  dedicated  to cater to  its  growing requirement.
HAL’s Aerospace Division was hence conceptualised in early 80s by a MoU signed between Prof. Satish Dhawan Chairman, ISRO and Air Chief Marshal L.M. Katre, Chairman, HAL in May 1983.  A full-fledged Aerospace Division took birth on March 25, 1988 and was dedicated to the nation on April 19, 1991. Since  then, HAL  has  been  a  vital  partner  of  ISRO  and  their  mainstay  for  the  realization  of  critical  components, structural  assemblies  for launch vehicles and satellites and  propellant tankages for  the launch vehicles.
 
HAL started off  with  fabrication  of  structures   and  tankages  for  SLV,ASLV,  PSLV. Since then the facilities have been augmented/modernised continuously over time to manufacture structures and propellant tankages of different types and sizes, different materials and varied complexities.  In  an  effort  to  move  up   the  value  chain, HAL took up  the  total stage  integration  of  the   L40  booster  stage  of GSLV MKII vehicle and has successfully delivered  24 fully integrated stages till date.