VSSC at Thiruvananthapuram is the major center of ISRO, where the design and development activities of satellite launch vehicles and sounding rockets are carried out and made ready for launch operations. The centre pursues research launch vehicle design, propellants, solid propulsion technology, aerodynamics, aero structural and aero thermal aspects, avionics, polymers and composites, guidance, control, and simulation, computer and information, mechanical engineering, aerospace mechanisms, vehicle integration and testing, space ordnance, chemicals and materials.
Research and development in the area of high temperature materials is very much relevant today with the nation embarking upon more ambitious programmes in areas including space technology and the aerospace industry, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director S Ramakrishnan said on Monday. Ramakrishnan was speaking after inaugurating the ‘Prof Brahm Prakash Birth Centenary Workshop on High Temperature Materials and Hot Structures’ which opened at Kovalam here. The event is being organised by the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), Thiruvananthapuram chapter. As far as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is concerned, the development of super alloys and metals that can withstand extremely high temperatures was critical for upcoming ISRO projects, including the development of the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) technology, he said. VSSC director (research and development), who presided over the function, said that more industries should become involved in the area of advanced metallurgy. He also stressed the need to exploit computer-aided tools for the development of advanced alloys. The three-day workshop commemorates Prof Brahm Prakash, renowned metallurgist and a former director of the VSSC, who has made significant contributions to varied scientific fields. He was project director of Nuclear Fuel Complex from 1957 to 1972, VSSC director from 1972 to 1984 and chairman of Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd (MIDHANI), Hyderabad. MIDHANI chairman and managing director M Narayana Rao, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory director Amol A Gokhale, National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) director Suresh Das, VSSC deputy director Koshy M George spoke. IIT-Kanpur director Indranil Manna delivered the keynote address on ‘Materials Engineering Challenges Concerning High Temperature Materials and Structures for Space Applications.’ On Tuesday and Wednesday, 20 lectures will be delivered on diverse aspects of high temperature materials and hot structures with stress on the strategic materials research and development
Source : India Express