ISRO Scientists test ‘Vikas Engine’ successfully
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has successfully conducted the ground test of high thrust version of the Vikas Engine for a duration of 195 seconds at ISRO propulsion Complex (IPRC) in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu on Sunday The key point of the testing was to validate the performance capability of the Vikas Engine for its use in the upcoming second developmental flight of GSLV-III.
ISRO is also planning to launch GSLV-MkIII-D2 by the end of this year, carrying GSAT-29 which carries the multi-beam and optical communication payloads first time. It mainly targeted for rural areas of Village Resource centers to make the bridge for the digital divide. The Vikas Engine is the workhorse liquid rocket, uses up about 40 metric tons of UDMH as fuel and Nitrogen tetroxide as oxidizer with a maximum thrust of 725 kN and the new advance version of the engine has a chamber, pressure of 58.5 bar as compared to 52.5 bar in the older version and produce a thrust of 800 kN.It is used to supply power to the second stage of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and also in second stage and the four straps on stages of Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and in the twin-engine core liquid stage (L110) of GSLV MK-III to improve the payload capability.