SRIHARIKOTA: More than two decades after the Indian cryogenic engine programme was formalised, an indigenous cryogenic engine developed by Indian Space Research Organisation successfully propelled for the first time an operational flight of GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) lifting into space the country's third exclusive meteorological satellite on Thursday evening.
INSAT-3DR, an advanced weather satellite, was placed in orbit around 17 minutes after GSLV-F05 took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 4.50pm. The launch was originally scheduled to be held at 4.10pm. However, it was delayed by 40 minutes as scientists were "rechecking observations made during propellant filling."
INSAT-3DR is the second heaviest satellite placed in orbit by an indigenous cryogenic engine propelled GSLV. The 2,211kg satellite, which will provide meteorological and search and rescue data services to the country, was injected into the geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite, with the help of its propellant, will be raised to the final geostationary orbit after two days.
Once again Congrats - ISRO .
India has at last conquered the cryogenic technology which few countries possess! Congrats to ISRO!
yet another milestone. congrats. going from strength to strength,Kudos ISRO
Hard and dedicated work of humble Indian scientists and vision of our great leaders of the past has made it possible. Great stuff.
Another great feather on ISRO and India''s cap. On space front, we are at par with top 5 countries. We Indians are wishing other defense arms like DRDO''s etc show more momentum in fighter planes, large all weather helicopters, battle tanks, submarines, ICBM missiles, aircraft carriers, howitzers etc so we can become self sufficient and also start exporting arms to other nations.
Congratulations to ISRO for this achievement.Indigenous cryo engine is very important milestone.
We do it and do it humbly. Great achievement. ISRO is our crown jewel.
Another success story for Modiji.
Kudos to ISRO Scientists, guess, ISRO is going to get more business after SPACEX blast last week. However, ISRO launching cost is less compared to other countries.