SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has reached a significant milestone in its ambitious Next Generation Launch Vehicle (NGLV) project. According to ISRO Chairman S. Somnath, the architecture for the NGLV has been finalized, marking a crucial step forward in India’s space exploration endeavors.
The NGLV project has been eagerly anticipated, and the preliminary report detailing the rocket’s design and technological requirements has been submitted by the dedicated team. The report outlines various aspects such as the rocket’s appearance, recommended technological advancements, manufacturing techniques, and suitable locations for production.
One of the primary objectives is to make the NGLV at least partially reusable, particularly the boosters. This approach aligns with global trends in space exploration and will contribute to cost reduction in space transportation. Additionally, the NGLV is expected to incorporate new-generation propulsion systems, including cryogenic propulsion for potential payload improvements. The aim is to ensure that the rocket can be manufactured using materials readily available in India, streamlining the production process.
The NGLV is envisioned as a simple and robust machine, designed for efficient bulk manufacturing. This emphasis on manufacturing scalability will play a crucial role in making space transportation more cost-effective, fostering greater accessibility to space missions.
As part of its capabilities, the NGLV is projected to carry a payload of 10 tonnes in the Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) or 20 tonnes in the low Earth orbit. With these specifications in mind, ISRO plans to offer the NGLV to the industry for production, paving the way for private sector involvement in the country’s space program. The first launch of the NGLV is tentatively scheduled for 2030, marking an exciting milestone for India’s space industry.
To align with sustainability efforts, the NGLV may utilize environmentally friendly fuel combinations such as methane and liquid oxygen or kerosene and liquid oxygen. This approach underscores ISRO’s commitment to reducing its ecological footprint and promoting cleaner technologies in space exploration.
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