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Successful flight acceptance hot test of CE-20 cryogenic engine
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Successful flight acceptance hot test of CE-20 cryogenic engine
by Staff Writers
Mahendragiri, India (SPX) Mar 01, 2023

On February 24, 2023, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted a flight acceptance hot test for the CE-20 cryogenic engine, which is set to power the Cryogenic Upper Stage of the LVM3 launch vehicle for the upcoming Chandrayaan-3 Mission. The test was carried out at the ISRO Propulsion Complex, located in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu, India.

The CE-20 cryogenic engine is a high-thrust cryogenic engine that has been developed by ISRO for use in the upper stage of the GSLV Mk III rocket. This engine uses liquid hydrogen as fuel and liquid oxygen as an oxidizer. It is capable of generating a thrust of 20 tons and has been designed to improve the payload capacity of the GSLV Mk III rocket.

The hot test was conducted at the High Altitude Test Facility, where the cryogenic engine was tested for a planned duration of 25 seconds. During the test, all the propulsion parameters were found to be satisfactory and closely matched with the predicted values. This is a significant achievement for ISRO, as the success of the hot test is an important milestone in the development of the fully integrated flight cryogenic stage.

The Chandrayaan-3 Mission is the third lunar exploration mission that has been planned by ISRO. The mission aims to land a rover on the lunar surface and conduct various scientific experiments.

The previous mission, Chandrayaan-2, faced technical difficulties during the landing phase, resulting in a partial failure. However, ISRO has learned from the previous mission and has taken measures to ensure the success of Chandrayaan-3. The successful hot test of the CE-20 cryogenic engine is a crucial step towards achieving this goal.

Editor's note: This report was written with AI assistance using the prompt "RULE Shakespeare" developed inhouse at SpaceDaily.com

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