Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace has unveiled its fully cryogenic rocket propellant engine ‘Dhawan-1’, which is India’s first privately developed indigenous rocket engine which runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel.
Pawan Kumar Chandana, co-founder and CEO, Skyroot Aerospace said, “This is the first among a series of engines being planned with various thrust levels. We have successfully completed many tests to check the fuel flow and structural integrity. We are building a dedicated test facility for hot fire testing of this engine.”
He added, “LNG (with over 90 per cent methane) is clean burning, low cost, highly reusable and safe cryogenic fuel which is also ideal for longer duration deep-space missions carrying satellites or humans – perfectly aligned with the long-term vision of Skyroot.”
Skyroot Aerospace co-founder & COO Naga Bharath Daka said the engine is named ‘Dhawan-I’ in honour of eminent Indian rocket scientist Dr Satish Dhawan who played a vital role in development of the Indian Space Programme. Dhawan-I is a 100 per cent 3D Printed cryogenic engine with regenerative cooling.
Founded by former scientists of the Indian Space Research organization (ISRO), Skyroot is building India’s first privately built space launch vehicles.
The company has successfully test-fired its upper stage rocket engine named ‘Raman’ on July 30, which can place multiple satellites into orbit, also India’s first. The engine hosts a 100 per cent 3D printed injector, which reduced its overall mass by 50 per cent and reduced the total number of components and lead time by 80 per cent.
Skyroot’s launch vehicle ‘Vikram-I’ which is under manufacturing and targeting launch in December, 2021, hosts an Orbit Adjustment Module (OAM) at the top, which gives the final burn and inserts multiple satellites into space.
The company is working with the Indian Space Research Organisation for testing future rocket engines, which will come up in the next six months. The company is in the process of developing rocket (solid) motors which will be used in three remaining stages of rockets (third, second and first while Raman engine caters to the upper and the fourth stage).
The company has raised Rs 31.5 crore till now and is in the process of raising another Rs 90 crore within one year.
A-34-year-old woman, an ardent devotee of Goddess Durga, is going on a a nine-day rigorous fasting on account of Navarathri festivities. Unlike other devotees, who install the idol of goddess Durga in their homes
DMK leader Kanimozhi on Tuesday demanded police take action against the person who had issued a rape threat against actor Vijay Sethupathi’s daughter.
TVS Motor on Tuesday launched its Marvel’s Avengers inspired TVS NTORQ 125 SuperSquad Edition scooter priced at Rs 77,865 (ex-showroom Delhi).
With the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting heavy rainfall in the next three days, K.T. Rama Rao, municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) minister, has said 80 special officers have been deployed in the GHMC limits and adjoining municipalities for taking up rescue and relief measures.
Ram Pothineni is one of the young heroes who is waiting to release his new movie RED in the theatres. With the theatres back in the operations mode, the announcement on the film's release might come anytime soon.
Telangana on Tuesday reported 1,486 new coronavirus cases, while seven more people succumbed to the infection. The state's Covid tally rose to 2,24,545. The fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,282.
A furious P. V. Sindhu sharply shot back at an English newspaper on Tuesday after it jumped the gun and reported a concocted confrontation with her family members that caused her to leave Hyderabad and train in London.
The incessant rains in the two Telugu states have created havoc especially in Hyderabad where the city is flooded with rainwater.
Presenting four Bills formulated by his government in the Punjab Assembly to negate the three central farm laws, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday warned of threat to national security peace and asserted that he was prepared to resign or be dismissed rather than bow to "injustice to Punjab's farmers".
A Mumbai court has aquitted 20 foreign attendees of a Tablighi Jamaat event who were booked by the city police for allegedly violating prohibitory orders during the coronavirus-enforced lockdown.
Testing for Covid-19 has been badly affected due to the rain havoc in the state as well as the regular dip in weekend testing. Only 26,027 samples could be collected on Sunday
Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday launched several features and content programming to help make virtual Durga Puja celebrations as entertaining as possible in the country.