SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
India’s state-owned Indian Space Research Organisation that is working on a three-stage, reusable rocket called Next-Generation Launch Vehicle (NGLV) will hit its first major milestone when the design of the NGLV will be ready by late this year or early next year.
NGLV is planned to carry a 10-tonne payload to the Geostationary Transfer orbit (GTO) or 20 tonnes to the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that will help bring down launch cost per kg to $3000 an Industry benchmark set by the SpaceX Falcon 9 heavy-lift launch vehicle.
Post-design Phase, ISRO will be having talks with Indian Private sector companies to be part of the NGLV program not just as a supply chain partner but also as an investor in the program.
Next-Gen Launch Vehicle (NGLV) is seen as a replacement to now operational rockets like Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and will feature semi-cryogenic propulsion (refined kerosene as fuel with liquid oxygen (LOX) as oxidiser) for the booster stages which is cheaper and efficient with plans to commence developmental testing from 2030-31 onwards.
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