ISRO qualifies high thrust Vikas Engine

Tirunelveli: After conducting a ground test of 195 seconds, a high thrust version of the Vikas Engine was successfully qualified at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) in Tirunelveli district’s Mahendragiri, of Tamil Nadu.

This engine would improve the payload capability of PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk-III launch vehicles.

The test was conducted on Sunday, and validated the performance adequacy of Vikas Engine to be used in the upcoming second developmental flight of GSLV Mk-III.

Vikas Engine, a workhorse liquid rocket engine designed by the Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO), powers the second stage of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of India.

It also powers the second stage and the fourth strap of Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and the twin-engine core liquid stage (L110) of GSLV Mk-III.

During the tests, the propulsion parameters were found to be satisfactory, they also closely matched the predictions. (ANI)