Sona College of Technology powers ISRO rocket that launched Insat-3DS weather satellite

Asha Bajaj
3 min readFeb 25, 2024
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IBNS-CMEDIA: The Tamil Nadu city of Salem, famous for its textiles and steel production, is gradually becoming one of the key suppliers of components for ISRO’s space missions.

The Salem-based Sona College of Technology once again displayed its sound research capabilities when its SonaSPEED (Sona Special Power Electronics & Electric Drives) division created stepper motor powered GSLV-F14 rocket that launched the country’s latest weather satellite Insat-3DS with precision from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Sriharikota on February 17, 2024.

These were a set of simplex permanent magnet stepper motors for use in the mixture control actuator during the cryogenic stage of the launch. The mixture control actuator helps mix liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen in precise combination for a perfect lift off. The SonaSPEED Team created motors were performance tested in the presence of scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre before delivery.

“Sona research team rigorously followed the process in the design and manufacture of this critical piece of equipment,” said Dr SRR Senthil Kumar, Principal, Sona…

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