An Indian rocket using a domestic cryogenic upper stage will make its first test flight April 15, launching an experimental communications satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on India’s east coast, the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said during an April 7 press conference in Bangalore.
Long-held plans to send Israel’s Tauvex ultraviolet astronomy telescope into space were dashed once again, this time due to technical problems with the fourth stage of its assigned Indian launcher.
ISRO test fired a three-segment S200 solid-rocket booster Jan. 24 that it is building as a strap-on stage for the GSLV Mark 3 slated to make its debut in 2011.
BANGALORE -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully hot fired the indigenously developed cryogenic engine that will serve as the upper stage for the nation's Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), ISRO announced Oct. 28.
BANGALORE, India -- A committee set up to investigate the July 10 failure of India's Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) has blamed the mishap on a faulty fuel regulator in one of the rocket's four strap-on booster engines. The panel also characterized as "robust" the GSLV's design.
The failure of India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) July 10 could delay next year's planned launch of an Israeli-built telescope aboard a similar rocket and also might lead the country to temporarily lease Ku-band capacity aboard foreign satellites, officials here said.