Key components from Smiths used in Chandrayaan-3s landing on the moon
LONDON, 31 August 2023: Smiths Group, a leading industrial technology company, is proud to support India’s historic recent moon landing by providing key components for the Chandrayaan-3 space craft, as India becomes the first country to land a spacecraft successfully near the South Pole of the Moon.
Smiths’ space-qualified products enabled the Indian Space Research Organisation ground controllers to monitor and command the probe using two way or ‘bi-directional’ radio links - without which the successful landing of the craft would not have been assured.
Smiths also provides the Indian Space Research Organisation with filters for filtering Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen. These filters are used in fuelling the space rocket to ensure a high clean fuel on board of their space missions. In addition it provides mission critical fluid handling solutions for fluid flow and control.
Paul Keel, Chief Executive of Smiths Group, said: “The huge accomplishment by Chandrayaan-3 boosts India's space credentials significantly. This is a proud moment for India, and we offer congratulations to all involved. For Smiths, this is another significant milestone in our space mission heritage, and we look forward to building on this with our partners to achieve further successes in space in the future.”
Smiths has a long-standing collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation, working with the organisation for nearly three decades, and supplying them with tens of thousands of parts for space flight for use in geostationary broadcast, earth observation and several deep space missions – including all three Chandrayaan missions.
Smiths connectivity solutions used in the Chandrayaan-3 mission include:
- Ferrites, used in S-band Telemetry Tracking and Control systems.
- HRM Space qualified Thermopads used in the payload receiver section of the craft.
- KNB connector series used in the digital cards – part of the craft’s communication system.
- Lab Flex 200Q cables – space-flexible assemblies used to connect onboard RF subsystems wherever they could not fit the in-house semi-rigid assemblies, also forming part of the craft’s communication system.
Smiths has also supported the Indian Space Research Organisation on the following major Satellite Missions:
- GSAT Series (Communication Missions)
- NISAR (NASA/Indian Space Research Organisation Synthetic-aperture radar Missions)
- IDRSS (Indian Data relay Missions)
- IRNSS -RISAT (Navigational / Weather surveillance Missions)
- Chandryaan series (Moon Mission)
- ADITYA L1 (Indian Space Research Organisation’s first-ever solar mission)
- High Throughput satellites - Upcoming
- Gaganyaan (Human Spaceflight Programme) – Upcoming
Smiths Group supports the Indian Space Research Organisation with Smiths Interconnect space-qualified components, John Crane filters and it provides mission critical fluid handling solutions for fluid flow and control through its Flex-Tek business.
About Smiths Group
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