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ISRO felicitates KBL for contribution to the Hypersonic Wind Tunnel project

Recognising Kirloskar Brothers Limited’s capabilities to execute complex engineering projects amidst challenging environments, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently felicitated the leading global fluid management company for successful completion of the project related to cooling piping system at its Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) at Trivandrum in Kerala. At a ceremony to recognise the prestigious vendors for their contribution to accomplish the task of national importance and pride, ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar felicitated Vishnu K, KBL engineer associated with the project, on behalf of KBL’s Marine & Defence (M&D) segment.
ISRO recently commissioned a Hypersonic Wind Tunnel at the VSSC at Trivandrum as part of its continuous and concerted efforts to minimise cost of access to space. Notably, the Hypersonic Wind Tunnel at the VSSC facility at Trivandrum is the third largest wind tunnel in terms of size and simulation capability in the world. Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) designed, supplied, erected and commissioned the cooling piping system for this facility through its engineering partner L&T.

According to ISRO Chairman Shri Kiran Kumar, commissioning of such facilities would help in future space transportation systems in the country and it will further strengthen our space venturing capabilities. The facility at VSSC, Trivandrum, has been indigenously designed, developed and ‘Made in India’ with the support of over 500 Indian companies.

Amit Dubey, General Manager, Marine & Defence Sector, KBL said, “It is a matter of great pride for KBL to have achieved recognition from ISRO for its capabilities. The task was challenging and the margin of error was nil. With our experience of dealing with similar projects in India and outside, we executed the project with our engineering partner L&T. This project is special to KBL as it is a testimony to the country’s indigenous engineering capabilities that only few countries in the world can boast of.”

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