The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Wednesday successfully conducted the cryogenic engine qualification test for the 720-second Gaganyaan program at the ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu, has indicated the agency in a press release.
“Engine performance met test targets and engine parameters closely matched expectations throughout the test,” ISRO said.
“This long-term successful test is an important milestone for the Human Space – Gaganyaan program. It guarantees the reliability and robustness of the cryogenic motor for induction in the Gaganyaan human-capacity launcher, ”he added.
This engine will undergo four other tests for a cumulative duration of 1,810 seconds.
Subsequently, another engine will undergo two short-term tests and one long-term test to complete the cryogenic engine qualification for the Gaganyaan program.
India’s first manned space mission “Gaganyaan” will be launched in 2023, the central government announced last year.
With this launch, India will become the fourth nation in the world to launch a manned space mission after the United States, Russia and China.
“The main missions, namely the flight of the test vehicle for the validation of the performance of the crew evacuation system and the 1st unmanned mission of Gaganyaan (G1) are scheduled for the beginning of the second half of 2022. It will be followed by the second unmanned mission in late 2022 carrying “Vyommitra”, a space robot developed by ISRO and finally the first crewed Gaganyaan mission in 2023 “, said Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the ‘Union (independent charge) for science and technology.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day 2018, in which he said that an Indian astronaut, whether male or female, will undertake a space odyssey by 2022 aboard “Gaganyaan,” Singh said the program had been slightly delayed due to Covid restrictions.
He said the goal of the Gaganyaan program is to demonstrate the ability to send humans into low earth orbit (LEO) aboard an Indian launcher and bring them back to earth safely.
Singh said that more than 500 industries are involved in launching Gaganyaan with several research modules, including the indigenous health research module.
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