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ISRO achieves historic Cryogenic engine launch

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Bangalore, Oct 28: Making a pathbreaking milestone in the successful development of indigenous cryogenic upper stage for launching satellites into geostationary orbit, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) succesfully tested the full stage of the cryogenic engine for 50 seconds at the Liquid Propulstion Systems Centre at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu today.

A ISRO Spokesman told UNI tonight that all the parameters of the engine was satisfactory and the test firing of the engine was to the satisfaction of the engineers.

India took up development of the cryogenic upper stage following Russia's denial of the technology following sanctions slapped by the United States after the pokhran nuclear test. However, they supplied as per agreement seven engines that formed part of the current GSLV programme.

The Indian Cryogenic upperstage would have the capability to launch satellites weighing 2.5 tonnes into the geosynchronous transfer orbit and form part of the GSLV MK II vehicle to lift off in 2007-08 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair had in January this year indicated that the full stage test would be taken up later this year.

The GSLV can send satellites into orbits nearly 36,000 km above the earth.

The launch in 2008 would replace the Russian cryogenic engines that India currently uses for launches.

ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair had in January this year indicated that the full stage test would be taken up later this year. The GSLV can send satellites into orbits nearly 36,000 km above the earth. The launch in 2008 would replace the Russian cryogenic engines that India currently uses for launches.

UNI

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