Seeking a cryogenic flight

Few are aware but when Michael Griffin, administrator of the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) came calling to India last May, he was amazed and surprised on going through minute details of the ‘in-the-making’ indigenous cryogenic engine at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. Despite the decade-long US sanctions, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) seems to have done a remarkable job with the limited budget available to it, was his cryptic and subdued response.

Late last year, India’s experience in rocketry touched an all-time high when its space agency achieved a major milestone in the development of rocket systems for satellite launches. Specifically, Cryogenic Upper Stage for GSLV was successfully tested at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) test complex at Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.

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