Evolution of Solid Propellant Rockets in India

Evolution of Solid Propellant Rockets in India, DESIDOC, 2014, pp. xx+201, ISBN: 978-81-8651-451-1

Author: Rajaram Nagappa

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RN Solid Propellant Book CoverHistorical narration of technological achievements is more an exception than the rule in India. The narration in respect of rocket development in the country generally follows this trend with a few notable exceptions covering the developments in the Indian Space Programme. The development of defence rockets has hardly been touched upon. Propulsion forms a major subsystem of the space launch vehicles and missiles, and today, India boasts of a significant capability and capacity in this discipline.

The solid propellant rocket technology in India is essentially home-grown and has found wide application and adaptation in sounding rockets, launch vehicles, and ballistic missiles. While the requirements of solid propellant rockets for the space programme have reached a maturation phase, the requirement of solid propellant rockets for missile applications are diverse in their characteristics, and performance needs continue on a demand and development trajectory.

This book highlights the development of solid propellant rockets and the main solid rocket subsystems used in the space programme and ballistic missiles with emphasis on the indigenous nature of development.

Table of Contents
Preface xiii
Acknowledgements xv
List of Acronyms xvii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1: The Beginning 5
Chapter 2: The Advent of Solid Rockets to Aid Space Research 9
Chapter 3: The Beginning of Solid Rocketry in Thumba 15
Chapter 4: Early DRDO–ISRO Collaboration 25
Chapter 5: Self-reliance in Solid Propellant Capability 31
Chapter 6: Propellant Development in HEMRL 51
Chapter 7: Rocket Motor Case 61
Chapter 8: Rocket Motors of Launch Vehicles 79
Chapter 9: IGMDP and other Motors of Missile Complex 125
Chapter 10: Composite Products 143
Chapter 11: Solid Propellant Rocket Motor Test Facilities 159
Chapter 12: Interface with Academia 173
Chapter 13: Industry Interaction 193
Index 201
About the Author

Professor Rajaram Nagappa is Head, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Guwahati University and a Diploma of the Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering. His active years were spent at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram where he was responsible for the design, development and realisation of solid propellant motor systems for rockets and satellite launch vehicles of the Indian Space Research Organisation. He retired as the Associate Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.


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6 thoughts on “Evolution of Solid Propellant Rockets in India

  • Dr Siddhartha

    A longer appreciation of this work, by one ‘present and active at the creation’ must await a detailed read.
    But for now, all previous commentaries on the solid rocket development programmes at ISRO and DRDO may be safely ignored, with no loss.

  • E Janardhana

    Very nice to know that a book of a great value, specially in the context of Indian effort for the last four decade, has been brought out by Rajaram . Congatulations .

  • A.V.Hanumantha Rao

    Happy to learn that book on an important subject has been authored by Rajaram. Congratulations
    a.v.hanumantha rao

  • Suresh BN

    India is certainly the world leader in Solid motors development and it is nice to see that all aspects of development so far have been brought out lucidly in the Book authored by Prof. Rajaram. My hearty Congratulations. I am sure that this book will be of great value for all practicing engineers.

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