July marked an important milestone for India, for the Indian Space Research Organisation and for INOXCVA

After laborious research and engineering man-hours from ISRO & INOXCVA teams, a road transportable, high efficiency LIN shielded 40,000 litres Liquid Hydrogen Tank was designed and manufactured to meet stringent requirement of space research. This effort established an important milestone in technology development for the realisation of LIN shielded vessels in India.

To mark this momentous occasion, a function was planned at Inox India at their Kalol office. Dr. M Y S Prasad (Director SHAR-ISRO) agreed to attend the event where Inox India Ltd. proudly handed over the Liquid Hydrogen tank to ISRO. The efforts of the team working on this project were appreciated by both ISRO and Inox. This tank will be used to transport liquid hydrogen on road form ISRO’s liquid hydrogen production center to Launch Pad located around 700 km away.

Dr. M Y S Prasad, said, “The 40,000l liquid hydrogen tank will be transported from here (Kalol, Gujarat) to Sriharikota. We will be using this tank for transporting LH2, which is required for our cryogenic stage preparation, before launch of GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) in the future.”

“Indian Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has urged us to use Indian made products and this activity highlights this thought.  Until now we were using imported tanks from foreign countries but this is first time that we have designed and manufactured such a complex tank in India.”

“So far only three foreign companies in the world namely USA, Russia and France make these complex tanks and today INOX India Limited joined these three companies in the world to manufacture such a tank indigenously. ISRO is happy to be part of such a prestigious project. Everyone worked hard for this project and I thank the whole team.”

This is the largest liquid hydrogen tank built in India using specialised technology and indigenous workforce.