The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully conducted the flight acceptance hot test of the CE-20 cryogenic engine that will power the cryogenic upper stage of the LVM3 launch vehicle for the Chandrayaan-3 mission.
The space agency said the test was successfully conducted on February 24 at the ISRO Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.
“The hot test was conducted for a planned duration of 25 seconds at the High Altitude Test Facility. All propulsion parameters during testing were satisfactory and closely matched predictions. The cryogenic engine will be further integrated with the propellant tank, stage structure and associated fluid lines to realize a fully integrated flight cryogenic stage,” ISRO said.
Three main modules
This flight acceptance hot test of the CE-20 cryogenic engine comes a day after the Chandrayaan-3 lander successfully completed critical EMI-EMC (Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility) tests at the UR Rao Satellite Center in Bangalore.
The Chandrayaan-3 interplanetary mission consists of three main modules – the propulsion module, the lander module and the rover. The complexity of the mission calls for the establishment of radio-frequency (RF) communication links between the modules.
Chandrayaan-3 is India’s third moon mission and a follow-on mission to Chandrayaan-2 to demonstrate end-to-end capabilities in safe landing and orbiting on the lunar surface. The mission will be launched later this year by Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (LMV3) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
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