India’s Space Vehicle programme and Missile Capability
Writing in the website of The Wisconsin Project Gary Milhollin founder of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a non-profit organization dedicated to stemming the spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction identifies the link Between Space Launch and Missile Technology [March 16, 2000]
All of this is identical to the knowledge needed for building a missile. The same technology is used in both.
The similarity in technologies for developing launch vehicles and ballistic missiles have been identified in a Wisconsin Project Report as follows –
– Manufacture of rocket propellant (solid and liquid);
– Manufacture of rocket engines (solid and liquid);
– Manufacture of air frames, motor cases, liners, and insulation;
– Manufacture of thrust vector control systems;
– Manufacture of exhaust nozzles;
– Manufacture of staging mechanisms;
– Manufacture of payload separation mechanisms;
– Manufacture of strap-on boosters;
– Manufacture of ground support and launch equipment;
– How to conduct system integration;
– How to conduct failure analysis and testing of components.
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Programme – Phase 4 will enable the launch of 2 tonne class of satellites for Geo-imaging, Navigation, Data Relay Communication and Space Sciences.
The GSLV Continuation Programme will sustain & strengthen the capability and self-reliance in the launching of similar satellites for national requirements including next generation navigation satellites, data relay communication satellites and interplanetary missions.