To the Moon: India to test world’s third largest solid rocket booster

To the Moon: India to test world’s third largest solid rocket booster
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“Chennai: The Indian space agency is expected to take a major step in January towards realising its next generation rocket by ground-firing the world’s third largest in terms of fuel mass and length – solid rocket booster developed in-house.
An Indian Space Reasearch Organisation (ISRO) official said: “The large solid propellant booster project was taken up nearly a decade ago and will achieve its first milestone next month.”

Recently, ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said the static testing of the booster will happen soon.

The 200-tonne solid propellant rocket booster – designed to power ISRO’s next generation (geosynchronous launch vehicle) GSLV Mark III – will be ground tested at India’s space port Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, 80 km from here. The stage is expected to burn for 103 seconds. In terms of fuel mass and length GSLV Mark III’s 200 tonne, 25 metre long solid boosters will rank after US Space Shuttle’s booster (fuel mass of 440 tonne, 37.8 metre) and Europe’s Ariane (fuel mass 240 tonne, length 31.6 metre).”

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