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Cryogenic success

Print edition : February 07, 2014

GSLV-D5 powered by an indigenised cryogenic engine takes off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on January 5.

The fully integrated GSLV-D5 standing on the mobile launch pedestal, on its way to the second launch pad in Sriharikota. Photo: ISRO

Prof. Yash Pal, former Member, Space Commission, addressing the ISRO team in Sriharikota after the successful launch of GSLV-D5 on January 5. K. Radhakrishnan, ISRO Chairman (extreme right), and S. Ramakrishnan, VSSC Director (extreme left), are seen. Photo: V. GANESAN

M.C. Dathan, Director, LPSC.

M.Y.S. Prasad, Director, SDSC. Photo: V. Ganesan

M. Nageswara Rao, Project Director, GSAT-14. Photo: V. GANESAN

K. Sivan, Mission Director, GSLV-D5. Photo: V. GANESAN

The indigenous cryogenic engine being tested in the High Altitude Test facility of ISRO at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu. Photo: ISRO

In a major breakthrough that promises to make India self-reliant in space technology, an indigenised cryogenic engine powers the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-D5 to put the 1,982-kilogram communication satellite GSAT-14 into a precise orbit.

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