The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a part of ISRO, has put the manufacture of rockets on hold and developed its time and energy for designing simple to operate ventilators, manufacturing of sanitisers, oxygen canisters and masks.
The institute has done this to meet the emergency needs of the people during the lockdown.
Somanath, Director of VSSC said all the staff at the VSSC are safe and not affected by Coronavirus.
Based in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, the VSSC part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) makes the rockets that launches the Indian and foreign satellites.
“We are designing ventilators that are different from what is already there. We are designing ventilators that can be operated in a simple manner and when power supply is not there,” Somanath said.
He said, as regards ventilators, the VSSC’s job is only to design and the manufacturing will be done by industries.
“We are making sanitisers for captive and also for use of others. We have made over 1,000 litres. Similarly, masks are made by employee societies,” Somnath added.
Meanwhile, the employees have been asked to work from home and VSSC’s communication and computer systems are working well in a secure condition.
“Our communication and computer networks are safe and secure and those who can work from home are working from home while critical operations are taken care of by deploying necessary staff. Whenever needed, video conferencing is also held,” Somanath added.
According to him, manufacturing of rockets has been put on hold for now at the VSSC.