New Delhi: In a major milestone, an indigenous cryogenic engine, that will help India put satellites of upto four tonnes in geostationary orbit, was tested successfully at ISRO's propulsion complex at Mahendragiri in this district.
The powerful version of the cryogenic engine was successfully ground tested at the Liquid Propulsion systems centre (LPSC).
The test was conducted for 635 seconds and it was successful, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre sources in Thiruvananthapuram said.
ISRO sources said its chairman A S Kirankumar came to Mahendragiri this morning and the testing started at 4.30 pm.
A team headed by Director D Karthikesan led the testing.
The successful testing is an important milestone in developing lift launch vehicles GSLV MK-3 for the next generation.
Congratulating the space scientists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted "the engine tested today will enable us to put satellites of upto 4 tons in geostationary orbit. A proud accomplishment".