Skyroot unveils, India’s 1st privately developed Cyrogenic Rocket Engine: All you need to know

Team Udayavani, Sep 27, 2020, 4:22 PM IST

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prof. Satish Dhawan, a pioneer who spearheaded ISRO’s efforts  as the organization’s second Chairman, an Indian space startup has unveiled their indigenously developed cryogenic engine – Dhawan-I. This cryogenic engine is meant to fuel the upper stage of their rocket Vikram -II.

The company claims that it is 100 per cent 3D Printed, uses 100 per cent cryo propellants – LNG/LoX and is 100 per cent ‘Made in India

The engine’s fuel is maintained at a temperature of -150 degree Celsius and is used for propulsion in space.

According to Techstory, the newly developed cryogenic engine will comprise Liquid Natural Gas as fuel and oxidized using Liquid Oxygen.

The engine is India’s first fully Cryogenic engine running on futuristic fuel LNG. The LNG used in the fuel comprises over 90% methane gas. So, it will be extremely clean and efficient.

The fuel acts as a very effective coolant and passes around tubes and channels around the combustion chamber. And on being heated, it is then directed to the main combustion chamber or special gas generator.

According to ISRO, The company has successfully tested the upper-most stage engine of its first rocket Vikram-I, but the initial stage engines of Vikram-I are being manufactured. The company is looking forward to a maiden launch of Vikram-I by December 2021

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