ISRO successfully tests new rocket engine

Isro’s rocket engine development programme crossed a significant milestone when it successfully tested a new high-thrust version of the Vikas engine. According to Isro, the engine qualified through a ground test which lasted for 195 seconds. The test was carried out at the organisation’s Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.

“All the propulsion parameters during the tests were deemed satisfactory and closely matched the predications,’’ Isro stated.

The ground test validated the performance adequacy of Vikas for its use in the upcoming second developmental flight of the Gslv-Mark 3 mission.

This engine will improve the payload capability of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the Geo Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle and Gslv Mark 3 launch vehicles.

The Vikas engine is a liquid rocket engine powering the second stage of the Pslv, the second stage and the four strap-on stages of the Gslv and the twin engine core liquid of the Gslv Mark 3.

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