Goan firm to supply key unit for Isro’s Gaganyaan mission

Pilerne-based Kineco Kaman Composites has won a contract to supply a crucial component that will be used by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for India’s ambitious human spaceflight programme – Gaganyaan. Kineco Kaman will manufacture the component, which will connect the crew escape module and the equipment bay.

Kineco Kaman will supply the three crew orbiter module adapters to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a division of ISRO, by December 2023. “We are delighted to be ISRO’s preferred manufacturing partner for India’s first human space flight mission,” said founder of Kineco Group and chairman and managing director of Kineco Kaman Shekhar Sardessai.

Simply put, the crew orbiter module adapter is a four meter wide, conical Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic structure that sits between the crew escape module and equipment bay shroud. It is a critical assembly of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-III.

Kineco Kaman is a joint venture between the Kineco Group and the US firm Kaman Corporation. Kineco Kaman manufactures advanced composite parts and assemblies for aerospace and defence customers, including global firms in the US, Europe and Israel. Kineco Kaman has supplied components to BAE Systems and is also a major supplier of composite parts and assemblies to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The company also supplied components for the Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Sardessai said that Kineco Kaman will meet the stringent quality parameters and delivery timelines required for Mission Gaganyaan. “We value our partnership with ISRO-VSSC and are also proud to be a part of our country’s mission to become self-reliant in space technologies,” he said.

In March, Kineco Kaman became India’s first private company to successfully supply another critical component, the equipment bay shroud assembly for the GSLV Mk-III. “Kineco Kaman continues to excel and meet our customer’s needs for high quality precision components.

The partnership that has grown with ISRO-VSSC shows the commitment the team has taken to supporting such a critical programme in the Indian space segment,” said director on Kineco Kaman’s board Jason Kosmas.

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