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ISRO all set to launch GSLV with indigenous cryogenic engine

BANGALORE (PTI): Indian Space Research Organisation plans to launch Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) with indigenous cryogenic stage and engine for the first time between January 15 and 23.

Preparations are underway for the launch from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, an ISRO official said.

The GSLV would carry on board GSAT-4 experimental communication satellite.

With the launch, India would join a select club of nations which have mastered the complex cryogenic technology. The mission would make India fully self-reliant in all aspects of launch vehicle technology.

ISRO's previous GSLV flights carried Russian cryogenic stages procured earlier.

ISRO began working on indigenous cryogenic technology and stage in 1996 following the technology denial regime in the early 1990s.

Technological challenges faced during the development of indigenous cryogenic engine and stage include those relating to new materials, composite thermal insulation, new fabrication techniques, handling of cryogenic fluids at cryogenic temperatures, realisation of facilities for assembly, integration and testing, and associated safety systems, ISRO officials said.

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