Feb 16 2004
Titanium alloy rings used as key elements in satellite propulsion systems were stolen from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre.
In all 29 rings valued at $5 million US were reported missing Thursday from the high security complex of the centre during a routine check.
Police reports state that 29 lightweight titanium rings could have been stolen between February 6 and 12. The theft came to light during an inventory conducted Friday.
An ISRO spokesman said the 400mm diameter titanium rings were a key component in satellite propulsion systems.
"The titanium rings are used for making satellite propulsion components. They are used in the satellite engines on account of their ability to withstand high temperatures," the spokesman added.
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