ISRO Chairman Advocates “Greener” High Energy Materials at HEMCE 2024 Conference
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman S. Somanath stressed the imperative need for environmentally conscious high energy materials during the inauguration of the 14th international conference on high energy materials and exhibits — HEMCE 2024.
The event, organized by the High Energy Materials Society of India, provided a significant platform for discussions on advancing technology. Mr. Somanath emphasized the development of “greener” high energy materials with a reduced impact on the environment, aligning with global efforts for sustainable practices.
In his address, Chairman S. Somanath called for advancements in modelling methods to decrease reliance on exhaustive testing processes. This move towards improved modeling not only enhances efficiency but also contributes to a more sustainable approach in the development of high-energy materials.
Furthermore, Mr. Somanath underscored the critical role of process automation in high-energy systems, emphasizing its potential to boost productivity and enhance safety measures. Integrating automation into these processes aligns with modernization efforts within the field, ensuring a balance between technological progress and environmental responsibility.
The conference saw the participation of key figures in the field, including Anil Prasad Dash, Director of High Energy Materials Research Laboratory at Defence Research and Development Organisation; S. Unnikrishnan Nair, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre; V. Narayanan, Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC); E.S. Padmakumar, Director of ISRO Inertial Systems Unit; and M. Mohan, Director of Human Space Flight Centre. Their presence highlighted the collaborative effort and shared commitment towards advancing technology while considering environmental impacts.