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Indigenous cryogenic engine launch successful
Jan 06, 2014

The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO has successfully launched its heavy-duty rocket GSLV-D5, placing communication satellite GSAT-14 into the orbit. GSLV-D5, powered by indigenously developed cryogenic engine, lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre .The 12 communication transponders onboard GSAT-14 will further augment the capacity in the INSAT/GSAT system. It would help in providing many satellite-based communication services to the country, including tele-education and telemedicine.

The mission, which cost around Rs 360 crore, is a major milestone for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which suffered twin back-to-back failures in 2010 while its launch in August last year was aborted at the last minute.

With this launch, India became the sixth space agency in the world after the US, Russia, Japan, China and France to have joined the indigenous cryogenic regime. The technology will help to launch heavy satellites into geostationary orbit.

A cryogenic rocket engine is a rocket engine that uses a cryogenic fuel or oxidizer, that is, its fuel or oxidizer (or both) are gases liquefied and stored at very low temperatures.

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