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July 8, 2011 / By B.R. Srikanth, Correspondent, Bengaluru / DC.
Indian space scientists are designing a new genre of rockets and their variants, including a re-usable one, to hoist heavy satellites into space.
One such project involves integration of semi-cryogenic and cryogenic engines along with boosters to launch satellites weighing up to six tons, says Dr K. Radhakrishnan, chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). “We are in the process of developing a high thrust engine. Our vision is to have a unified launch vehicle with a semi-cryogenic lower stage, and a cryogenic upper stage along with strap-on boosters. It will be used for different masses of payload, and designed to launch up to six tonnes,” he said.
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