Reliability and Quality Assurance Experience in Launcher Hold and Release System used in GSLV

  • J. Singaravelu Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvanathapuram
  • P. Purushothaman Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvanathapuram
  • Sojan Thomas Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvanathapuram
  • K.G. Pillai Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvanathapuram
Keywords: Launcherholdand release system, system reliability, quality assurance, GSLV, single-point failure modes, strap-on motors, failure mode effects and criticality analysis, FMECA, reliability and quality &surance, RCQA, geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle

Abstract

The launcher hold and release system (LHRS) was successfully used, for the first time, for GSLV-DI mission after thorough test and evaluation, in line with reliability and quality assurance (R&QA) requirements. Various R&QA techniques are applied to make LHRS failure-free. Failure mode effect and criticality analysis (FMECA) was used as a tool for identifying critical failure modes. Single-point failure modes (SPFMs) identified from FMECA are strengthened by design modifications and the same are verified by testing. Testing philosophy is tailored to have more number of tests at the system level. Capability demonstration tests and failure mode simulation tests were carried out during system qualification phase. Acceptance tests are done on the flight hardware at launch pad to demonstrate better confidence on the system. This paper illustrates how R&QA techniques complimented and added value at different stages in the development cycle of LHRS, by means of few case studies. Testing methodologies adopted and problems encountered during the development and qualification phases are described in brief. Various problems surfaced during preparation for flight are also discussed.
Published
2002-01-01
How to Cite
SingaraveluJ., PurushothamanP., ThomasS., & PillaiK. (2002). Reliability and Quality Assurance Experience in Launcher Hold and Release System used in GSLV. Defence Science Journal, 52(1), 21-25. https://doi.org/10.14429/dsj.52.2144