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ISRO plans to set up several new critical facilities in next 2 - 3 years Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to set up several new critical facilities in order to enhance it's capabilities. In order to handle the increase in PSLV and GSLV launches, it plans to set up a rocket sub-systems integration facility near Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This project is expected to be completed in about two-three years.

"We are trying to integrate the sub-systems of rockets at Sriharikota since they are currently manufactured in different parts of the country," said ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan. With this the transportation of sensitive sub-systems from far-off places can be avoided.

Discussions are on with the Andhra Pradesh government and the industries to set up the proposed facility on approximately 320 acres of land near Sriharikota.

A new mission control centre will also come up at Sriharikota to look at multiple mission preparations simultaneously.

ISRO has got 530 acres of land in the science city in Chitradurga to set up an advanced research and development centre in the area of spacecraft technologies. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Defence Research and Development Organisation are also building their facilities at Chitradurga.

ISRO also plans to set up a hypersonic wind tunnel to study re-entry ( in final stage of commissioning ) and a plasma wind tunnel to study the behaviour of materials at high speed, at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum. It plans to set up a thrust chamber testing facility for high-thrust cryogenic engines at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Radhakrishnan said the first batch of 150 students from the Space Institute in Trivandrum will pass out in June or July and join ISRO.

ISRO also plans to set up a multi-mission ground segment for earth-observation satellites and a national database for the nation's emergency management, at Shadnagar near Hyderabad.

In April this year, a new nitrogen-based acoustic test facility for satellites was inaugurated at ISRO's ISITE testing complex in Bangalore. NAL was chosen in 2007 to design, build, operate and maintain the new facility, the ninth such in the world. A large number of qualifying tests on satellites can be now done under one roof at ISITE.

The ISITE Acoustic Test Facility at Kundanahalli is also close to the ISRO Satellite Centre which builds spacecraft.

The acoustic field created during launch and trans-atmospheric flight can be strong enough to damage the delicate satellite/payloads since economic considerations demand that the satellite and payload structure be as light as possible. The acoustic shielding efficiency of heat shields is also tested in this facility.

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