Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) handed over the Mars Orbiter Mission Satellite Structure to ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) recently. The Mars mission is aimed at studying the climate, geology, origin and evolution of the Red Planet. “The satellite structure is an assembly of composite and metallic honeycomb sandwich panels with a central composite cylinder,” said R. K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. The assembly work was carried out at HAL’s Aerospace Division in Bangalore. ISRO will build the other satellite subsystems and scientific payload onto this structure. The completed satellite will ultimately embark on a nine-month voyage to orbit planet Mars. During its orbit, the satellite will be at a distance of 54.6 million kilometres from Earth – the farthest any Indian satellite would have travelled. — Our Bureau

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 23, 2012)
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