ISRO successfully tests solid rocket booster for Gaganyaan programme

What is the News?

The Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) has successfully completed the static test of the human-rated solid rocket booster(HS200). This test was done for ISRO’s Gaganyaan programme.

What is a Human-rated solid rocket booster(HS200)?

The HS200 booster is the ‘human-rated’ version of the S200 rocket boosters used on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III), also called the LVM3.

Developed by: Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Thiruvananthapuram

Features: HS200 is a 20-meter-long booster with a diameter of 3.2 meters. The control system used in the booster employs one of the world’s most powerful electro-mechanical actuators with multiple redundancies and safety features.

Significance: It is the world’s second-largest operational booster using solid propellants.

How will the HS200 booster help in the Gaganyaan Mission?

The GSLV Mk-III rocket will be used for the Gaganyaan mission. This rocket will have two HS200 boosters which will supply the thrust for lift-off.

Hence, the successful test of the HS200 booster ​​marks a major milestone for the prestigious Gagnyaan Mission of ISRO.

Source: The post is based on the article “ISRO successfully tests solid rocket booster for Gaganyaan programme” published in The Hindu on 14th May 2022.

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