The successful launch of India`s heavier rocket - the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle-D5 (GSLV-D5) - Sunday not only means the indigenous cryogenic engine is performing well but also would pave way for sizeable savings, the space agency`s chief said Saturday.
The flight-test of GSLV with indigenous cryogenic engine, called off ten days ago following a leak in the second stage of the rocket, is now expected to take place only in December, Indian Space Research Organisation said.
In a month marked by key advances in indigenously-developed technology, India`s space agency will also test its mettle with a crucial rocket, powered by a cryogenic engine built in the country, slated to blast off Monday.
Describing the failure of the
GSAT-5P communication satellite launch this evening as "very tragic", India`s top space scientists said the launch vehicle going up in flames soon after
the lift off was "a major setback" for ISRO.
The Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) is planning to relaunch the Geosynchronous
Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) with a home-grown cryogenic
engine in a year`s time after the failure in April this year.