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ISRO appoints high power team to probe fire
M D Riti in Bangalore | February 25, 2004 21:03 IST
A high power enquiry committee headed by senior space scientist R Aravamudan is currently at work at the ISRO launch centre at Sriharikota trying to find out what caused the fire accident there on Tuesday.
ISRO sources told rediff.com that the accident occurred on a segment of a test rocket motor at the Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (SPROB) at Sriharikota.
The committee is also assessing the extent of damage and the corrective actions required for the future.
"The work going on at the time of the fire accident was the final operation of removing the fixtures after the satisfactory conclusion of propellant curing of a segment of a motor holding around 14.5 tones of solid propellant, which is a composite of Ammomium Percholorate Oxidiser, with atomised aluminium powder as fuel and Hydroxy Terminated Polybutadiene as binder," said a senior ISRO scientist.
According to ISRO sources the men trapped and killed in the accident experienced the intense heat and fumes of the burning 14.5 tonnes of propellant.
Senior engineers Y Krishna Prasad and S Narayanan, and tradesman S K Sachin were the only three of the nine people working on the operation who managed to escape. They were immediately rushed to Apollo Hospital, Chennai.
The building suffered damage to the tune of Rs 7 million.
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