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ISRO to flight test indigenous cryogenic stage onboard GSLV-D5

Tirunelveli (TN): India will undertake the flight test of its indigenous cryogenic stage on board homegrown rocket GSLV-D5 which will launch GSAT-14 by the middle of 2012, a top ISRO official has said.

A facility for static testing of the cryogenic engine would be ready in another two months at ISRO`s Liquid Propulsions Systems centre (LPSC) at Mahendragiri in this district, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan said.

The new thrust chamber facility for static testing would be a big boon for the LPSC, Radhakrishnan told reporters at the LPSC yesterday after inagurating a two-day National Conference on "Expanding Frontiers in Propulsion Technology.

The maiden flight test of the indigenous cryogenic stage by ISRO onboard Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-D3 ended in a failure in May, 2010 after the stage developed some snag and the rocket plunged into sea minutes after liftoff.

Radhakrishnan said India`s advanced communication satellite GSAT-8, launched from Kourou in French Guiana on May 21, would become operational by this month end.

He also said ISRO would launch another communication satellite GSAT-12, equipped with 12 c-band transponders, onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSVL-C17 on July 2.

PSLV- C18 would be launched in September from Sriharikota carrying Mega Tropiques satellite, an Indo-French joint venture.

On December 11, microwave remote sensing satellite Risat 1 would be launched. It would be able to take clear pictures of sky even if they were covered by clouds.

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