Successful ignition of an indigenous cryogenic engine at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district, in conditions simulating the high altitude atmosphere, has boosted the confidence of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to go ahead with the launch of a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV‐D5) in July. The hot‐test took place in the newly‐built high altitude test facility (HAT) at ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) at Mahendragiri. “The test was held at 7.55 p.m. simulating the high altitude conditions to see whether ignition of the indigenously developed cryogenic engine takes place smoothly, as per the expected temperature, pressure and flow parameters,” said Director of LPSC Mr M.C. Dathan.
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