Isro successfully launches indigenous cryogenic engine-powered GSLV-D5

Isro successfully launches indigenous cryogenic engine-powered GSLV-D5

SRIHARIKOTA: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday successfully launched GSLV-D5 rocket, powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

Seventeen minutes after liftoff at 4.18pm, the rocket successfully injected GSAT-14 communication satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit.

ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan declared the mission a success. He said, "This shows the maturity of the team. We dedicate the proud moment for the country."

ISRO achieved the feat after two failures earlier. While India has mastered the PSLV range of rockets with a string of 25 consecutive successes, GSLV, which can carry heavier payloads including humans to space, has remained a challenge.

Cryogenics, the science of extremely low temperatures, has posed a challenge to rocket scientists across the world.

Source: Times of India