Indian GSLV with Cryogenic engine will be ready this year - ISRO.
India is getting self-reliant in the satelite launching technology. According to Dr. Madhavan Nair, Chairman ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) India will be ready to lauch satelites powered by integrated indegeniously developed cryogenic engines.
India started to develop cryogenic technology in 1996. Till now the country was using Russian made cryogenic engines for her launching vehicles.
The indigenous cryogenic engine that would make India totally self-reliant in all aspects of space launch vehicle technology is set to be integrated with the indigenous Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV). Bangalore
"Now, it is getting ready for flight and I hope by the middle of the year, we should be able to make a launch", Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), G Madhavan Nair, told PTI.
ISRO officials indicated that they are looking at a June-July date for the launch.
Indigenous development of cryogenic stage was taken up in 1996 for achieving self-reliance in cryogenic propulsion technology.
Technological challenges faced during the development stage include development of new materials, composite thermal insulation, new fabrication techniques, handling of cryogenic fluids at cryogenic temperatures, realisation of facilities for assembly, integration and testing, and associated safety systems.