Sunday, January 08, 2006

ISRO to Process Titanium in Kerala

Indian Space Research Organization, in its bid to become a completely self-sufficient spacefaring nation, has signed an "understanding" with Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited to build a titanium sponge plant capable of producing 500 tons per year of the versatile but extremely rare spacecraft-grade metal.
India has an abundance of raw titanium, but so far processing of the material has been done outside the country. Titanium is the key ingredient used to build spacecraft.

Kerala is one of India's most populated states located on its southwestern coast, bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats to the east.

It is obvious India, already operating a flotilla of orbiting probes and slated to launch a dozen more satellites in the coming years, is thinking ahead. By creating the infrastructure to support its space program it will avoid costs associated with suppliers seeking to make a few extra dollars off someone else's successes...

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