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Kerala: PM Modi to Inaugurate Key Space Infrastructure Projects

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Kerala: Prime Minister’s visit to Kerala is poised to catalyze India’s space sector, with the inauguration of three pioneering projects aimed at bolstering technical and R&D capabilities.

The PSLV Integration Facility (PIF) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, will significantly increase the frequency of PSLV launches, enabling up to 15 launches per year. This state-of-the-art facility is poised to support the launches of SSLV and other small vehicles by private space entities.

At the ISRO Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri, the new ‘Semi-cryogenics Integrated Engine and Stage Test Facility’ will facilitate the development of semi-cryogenic engines and stages, enhancing the payload capacity of launch vehicles. Equipped with liquid oxygen and kerosene supply systems, it can test engines up to 200 tons of thrust.

The inauguration of the ‘Trisonic Wind Tunnel’ at VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram, marks a significant milestone in aerodynamic testing. This complex system will be pivotal in characterizing rockets and aircraft during flight in the atmospheric regime, supporting future technological advancements.

During his visit, the Prime Minister will also oversee the progress of the Gaganyaan Mission, India’s maiden human spaceflight program. Astronaut wings will be conferred upon the astronaut-designates, underscoring the nation’s commitment to space exploration.

The Gaganyaan Mission, a testament to India’s space ambitions, is undergoing extensive preparations across various ISRO centers. With these initiatives, India is poised to realize its full potential in space exploration and emerge as a global leader in the field.

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