Indian space mission advances with satellite plan

April 8, 2010
Scientists check data at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) center in Bangalore in 2008. India plans to put a satellite into orbit using its indigenously built cryogenic rocket engine, marking another step in the nation's ambitious space programme, officials said.

India plans to put a satellite into orbit using its indigenously built cryogenic rocket engine, marking another step in the nation's ambitious space programme, officials said.

Cryogenic rocket motors, which use supercooled , have been built by only six countries or regions in the world, with India joining this club in October 2006, according to Indian researchers.

The engine will now be used to put a communications satellite into with a launch scheduled for April 15, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Radhakrishnan told reporters here on Wednesday.

The launch will take place at India's space centre at Sriharikota on the coast of the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, he said.

India began its space programme in 1963 and has developed its own satellites and launch vehicles to cut dependence on other countries.

Government funding of around 2.8 billion dollars has been secured for an attempt on its first manned space mission in 2016.

In September, India's Chandrayaan-1 discovered water on the moon, boosting its credibility among established space-faring nations.

Explore further: ISRO To Launch Indigenous Cryogenic Engine This Year

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