Russian route

Print edition : February 07, 2014

A cryogenic engine on display at the space museum at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram, on March 2, 2009. Photo: S. Gopakumar

The Cryogenic Stage being tested for its full flight duration of 720 seconds on November 15, 2007, at the LPSC test facility at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu. Photo: ISRO

The indigenous cryogenic engine (top, with black casing) of GSLV-D5 being mated with the rocket's second stage in the Vehicle Assembly Building of the second launch pad at Sriharikota for the launch scheduled for August 19, 2013. The launch was called off following a fuel leak. Photo: ISRO

While the indigenisation of a technology acquired from Russia has taken two decades, ISRO’s efforts at developing an entirely indigenous technology are four decades old.
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