Indian Space Agency tests cryogenic engine for its first-ever manned mission

Wed, 12 Jan 2022 22:42:12 GMT
Space Daily

New Delhi (Sputnik) Jan 13, 2022 India's flagship human spaceflight mission, Gaganyaan, has...

India's flagship human spaceflight mission, Gaganyaan, has completed the design and testing phases.

The Indian Space Research Organisation plans to launch two uncrewed missions ahead of the final mission in 2023.

India's space exploration agency ISRO achieved a significant milestone with the successful long-duration cryogenic engine test for the Gaganyaan project on Wednesday.

The engine was tested for 720 seconds at the ISRO propulsion complex in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

"The performance of the engine met the test objectives, and the engine parameters were closely matching with the predictions during the entire duration of the test," ISRO said in a statement.

The test ensures the reliability and robustness of the cryogenic engine for induction into the human-rated launch vehicle for Gaganyaan.

"Further, this engine will undergo four more tests for a cumulative duration of 1810 seconds," the agency added.

ISRO plans to send two uncrewed flights in 2022 to test end-to-end capacity for the country's first manned mission.

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