ISRO plans to use semi-cryogenic engines

T.S. Subramanian

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has embarked on a programme to induct semi-cryogenic engines, which will use kerosene as fuel, and this engine will form the booster for its future launch vehicles, ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said on Sunday.

The Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mark III), which was under development, would put a four-tonne satellite in a geo-synchronous transfer orbit. The ISRO had embarked on a human space programme, and it planned to put two Indians in space in an orbit around the earth in seven years, he said addressing the Indian Science Congress here.

Vizag centre

Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, said a second research centre of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre would be set up in Visakhapatnam because BARC, Trombay, was expanding in a big way. The Visakhapatnam centre would concentrate on energy science and environment.

The Department of Atomic Energy’s mandate was also to conduct basic research in physics, chemistry, mathematics and material sciences, Dr. Banerjee said.

V.K. Saraswat, Director-General, Defence Research and Development Organisation, said the DRDO was working on hypersonic cruise missiles . It had developed an engine for missiles that worked on kerosene.

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