High Thrust Vikas Engine test successful
ISRO has officially declared that the Vikas Engine has qualified to be used for propulsion as it has successfully cleared all the ground tests.
Vikas (derived from VIKram Ambalal Sarabhai) engine is a liquid fuelled rocket engine designed and developed indigenously by Liquid Propulsion Systems Center during the 1970s. It is the workhorse liquid propulsion engine that powers the second stage of PSLV, second stage and four strap on stages of GSLV and twin engine core liquid stage of GSLV Mk-III. This test has proved the efficacy of the engine to considerably boost the payload capability of PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk-III launch vehicles.
ISRO has plans to utilise Vikas engines for the upcoming GSAT-29 launch using GSLV Mk-III D2 later this year.