Flawless launch of ISRO’s GSLV

ISRO is riding high.

After a flawless launch of the GSLV-D5 using an indigenous cryogenic engine for the first time, it now remains to insert the GSAT-14 satellite into its operational orbit. In three orbit raising manoeuvres, using the Liquid Apogee Motor, on board, GSAT-14 will reach the intended circular Geo-stationary orbit.

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“It is a tough job to understand and master cryogenic technology. It is ultimate and we have put in a lot of efforts and made it possible. Today, we can say and prepare with more confidence for the next mission of C-25 stage with 25 tonnes of propellant and 20 tonnes of cryogenic engine thrust for the GSLV MK-3 D-1 mission in early 2017. The high-end cryogenic engine is slated for completion and testing by 2015,” Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre director S Ramakrishnan told TOI minutes after the lift-off of GSLV-D5. 

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