After successfully testing a technology on reusable launch vehicle, the Indian Space Research Organization is now gearing towards yet another technological invention. The most successful space research organization in recent times has been working on a air-breathing propulsion system, which aims to use the oxygen present in the atmosphere during its flight instead of the liquefied oxygen.
The initial test of this new technology will be carried out by the end of June or in the beginning of the month of July. If the technology is successfully tested, ISRO can even more reduce the cost of its space explorations.
“The mission for testing this technology will be launched in the last week of June or early July from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. The mission would be carried on a sounding rocket”, K Sivan, the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center said.
Generally, vehicles that are used to launch satellites use combustion of propellants with oxidiser and fuel. The air-breathing propulsion system aims at using oxygen present in the atmosphere up to 50 km from the earth’s surface to burn the fuel stored in the rocket.
“If this technology is completely developed, we can see a whole new changes in the design of the launch vehicles. This will help in reducing the lift-off mass of the vehicle since we are now not carrying the liquefied oxygen on board. It is like solar energy for satellites”, K Sivan added.
The Indian space agency has been working on technologies to bring down the cost of launch vehicles. Earlier, the national space agency has developed rockets that can send multiple satellites on a single mission.