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India successfully launches cutting-edge cryogenic rocket

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Posted January 6, 2014
File photo taken on October 30, 2013 shows a security forces member keeping watch on the PSLV-C25 launch vehicle at the Indian S
File photo for illustration taken on October 30, 2013 shows a security forces member keeping watch on the PSLV-C25 launch vehicle at the Indian Space Research Organisation facility in Sriharikota, southern India
India on Sunday successfully launched its first rocket using domestically produced booster technology after several previous missions had failed, taking another step forward in its ambitious space programme.

The Indian-made cryogenically-powered rocket blasted off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota as scheduled, as Delhi tries to join an elite club of countries which have mastered the complex technology.

The 415-tonne rocket deployed a two-tonne advanced communications satellite some 17 minutes after blast-off, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Dr K. Radhakrishnan.

“I am extremely proud and happy to say that Team ISRO has done it,” Radhakrishnan announced at mission control in Andhra Pradesh state, sparking a roar of applause from colleagues.

“Team ISRO and the project directors all have put their heart and soul in making this proud moment for the country,” he said.

India has for years been trying to develop its own cryogenic rocket engines that are designed to put heavier satellites into high orbits, about 36,000 kilometres (22,000 miles) from Earth.

Read more at: Phys.org

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