Beating space superpowers America and Russia, India has acquired the hybrid technology (hybrid motor) that uses solid fuel and liquid oxidizer in space vehicles for the first time in the world. It is an environment-friendly green technology. The achievement will give India a huge boost in space launch, scientists said.
The ground test of the hybrid engine developed at VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram was completed yesterday at the propulsion centre in Mahendragiri. The technique was tested on the motor of a sounding rocket. It ignited for fifteen seconds and achieved a thrust of 30 kilonewtons. There are more tests.
The hybrid motor can be used to stop, restart, decelerate, accelerate and brake the spacecraft. With this, ISRO has taken a step closer to the technology of using rockets repeatedly.