Tirunelveli (TN): India will undertake the flight test of its indigenous cryogenic stage onboard homegrown rocket GSLV-D5 which will launch GSAT-14 by the middle of 2012, a top ISRO official has said.
A facility for static testing of the cryogenic engine would be ready in another two months at ISRO`s Liquid Propulsions Systems centre (LPSC) at Mahendragiri in this district, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan said.
The new thrust chamber facility for static testing would be a big boon for the LPSC, Radhakrishnan told reporters at the LPSC yesterday after inagurating a two-day National Conference on "Expanding Frontiers in Propulsion Technology.
The maiden flight test of the indigenous cryogenic stage by ISRO onboard Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-D3 ended in a failure in May, 2010 after the stage developed some snag and the rocket plunged into sea minutes after liftoff.
Radhakrishnan said India`s advanced communication satellite GSAT-8, launched from Kourou in French Guiana on May 21, would become operational by this month end.
He also said ISRO would launch another communication satellite GSAT-12, equipped with 12 c-band transponders, onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSVL-C17 on July 2.
PSLV- C18 would be launched in September from Sriharikota carrying Mega Tropiques satellite, an Indo-French joint venture.
On December 11, microwave remote sensing satellite Risat 1 would be launched. It would be able to take clear pictures of sky even if they were covered by clouds.