ISRO Successfully Conducts Hot Test of Cryo CE 20 Engine to Launch Heavy Satellites

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • February 20, 2016, 9:30 PM

In a major milestone, ISRO successfully tested ‘Cryo CE 20’ Engine for flight duration of 640 seconds, with the space agency Chairman A S Kirankumar describing the feat as a “phenomenal achievement in the shortest time.”

The test was completed successfully at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri today at 17.15 hrs, an ISRO press release said here.  

ISRO had first successfully used an indigenously-built cryogenic engine for the GSLV Mk-II rocket on January 5, 2014. But that engine, designated CE-7.5, is a less powerful version of the CE-20 meant for the bigger GSLV Mk-III.

This engine is identified for Cryogenic stage hot tests for GSLV MkIII are being conducted, according to the release. The engine has already undergone two short duration tests and demonstrated repeatability of engine ignition characteristics and steady state performance.

ISRO chairman S Kiran kumar, in his address to the gathering present at Mahendragiri, described it as "a phenomenal achievement in the shortest time". “The indigenously designed and developed cryogenic engine was successfully tested today, making it possible to carry payloads of 4,000 kgs,” Kiran Kumar said . Fully indigenous cryogenic engine development for GSLV MkIII and a major step towards GSLV Mk-III launch in December 2016.

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