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Kerala brims with pride as four state PSUs supplied key components for Chandrayaan-3

Chandrayaan-3/Image Credit - ISRO/Facebook

Kerala is brimming with pride after Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its third moon mission Chandrayaan-3. Four public sector undertakings (PSUs) from Kerala have played a significant role in supplying materials for the ambitious moon mission.

Industries Minister P Rajeev took to Facebook on Saturday explaining the components provided by the Kerala PSUs for the country’s major space mission.

Rajeev says that the successful collaboration between these PSUs and ISRO underscores the state’s technological prowess in contributing to the country’s space exploration endeavour. He said the four PSUs, known for their expertise and excellence in manufacturing and supplying advanced materials, have been crucial in supporting ISRO’s mission to explore the lunar surface.

The four PSUs are Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML), Travancore Cochin Chemicals Limited (TCC), Keltron and Steel Industries and Forgings Limited (SIFL). While KMML supplied titanium sponge metal, TCC provided over 350 tonnes of sodium chlorate crystals, Keltron supplied 41 electronic modules and SIFL key fittings components.

Rajeev said that the state PSUs have won major recognition by contributing to the country’s space exploration efforts. He said the state government is committed to fostering a conducive environment for technological advancements and innovation.

“The successful participation of the PSUs in the Chandrayaan-3 highlights the state’s commitment to technological advancement and its ability to contribute to significant major projects,” said a senior government officer. The titanium sponge unit was set up by KMML in collaboration with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) which is the lead centre of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under Department of Space (DOS), Government of India. The plant became operational in 2011. Rajeev wrote that the titanium sponge unit at KMML was a dream project of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.

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