ISRO successfully tests liquid core stage of GSLV Mark III

NetIndian News Network

Bangalore, September 8, 2010

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today said it had successfully conducted the second static testing of its liquid core stage (L110) of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk -III) for 200 seconds.

The test was conducted at ISRO's Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) test facility at Mahendragiri at 15.50 hours today, a press release from ISRO said.

According to the release, L110 is one of the heaviest earth storable liquid stages ever developed by ISRO. L110 stage had two high pressure Vikas engines in a clustered configuration.

Nearly 500 health parameters were monitored during the test and the initial data acquired indicates its normal performance, the release said.

Today's successful test of L110 for its full flight duration of 200 seconds, is a major milestone in the earth storable liquid rocket programme of ISRO and a significant step forward in the development of GSLV-Mk III launch vehicle.

The GSLV-Mk III, which is currently under advanced stage of development, uses two solid strap-on boosters (S200), L110 liquid stage and a cryogenic upper stage C-25, the release added.