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This can go in the chit chat section. but. what's happened with ISRO's annual report for 2023-2024? It is mid-May, and they still haven't put it out! It once appeared as early as February, and never later than early April.

They have lots of achievements to talk about, not just the moon mission, for the calendar year 2023 or the fiscal year April 2023-March 2024.

There are always many nuggets in those reports, so it's something eagerly awaited!
Maybe waiting for General Elections to get over.
 

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Other significant discussions included NASA's participation in India's proposal for a G-20 satellite for environment and climate change, an advanced imaging spectrometer satellite as a follow-up mission for NISAR, and encouragement of cooperation between commercial companies from both countries for quicker and more effective outcomes, Gaganyaan cargo module as an option for transfer of cargo to ISS. The US Ambassador has also proposed a QUAD satellite. Chairman, ISRO pointed out the opportunity to develop advanced detectors and packaging technologies with US-India academic institutions. He emphasised building and standardising docking interfaces across human space programs to enable the utilisation of space platforms by other countries and joining hands to build a navigation system on the moon, either in orbit or on the surface.


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Good news about tankages and service modules, but when I saw new posts in this thread, I was really hoping it was to announce something like " SSLV/ PSLV/ LVM3 launch on June 27th" . Darn. ☹
 

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Plan on building heavier rockets first, we will be taking the help of SpaceX to launch a 4T payload, which could have been done inhouse by ISRO if we had the capacity.
The space station in the slide looks like Tiangong to some extent. That's why I said it's weird.
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ndian space enthusiasts received exciting news this week regarding the development of the country’s next-generation launch vehicle engine, the SCE-200. During a talk titled “Launch Vehicles and Propulsion System,” Dr. V. Narayanan, Director of the LPSC (Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre), revealed a potential timeframe for the engine’s readiness.

Dr. Narayanan indicated that the SCE-200 could be operational “may be 2 years from now,” placing its estimated deployment date around June 2026. This engine is specifically designed for India’s LVM 3 (Launch Vehicle Mark 3) – a heavy-lift launch vehicle currently under development. These engines offer a compelling middle ground between conventional liquid-fueled engines and extremely cold cryogenic engines.

The SCE-200 achieves high thrust by burning a combination of liquid oxygen (LOX) as an oxidizer and refined kerosene as fuel. Kerosene is much easier to store and handle compared to cryogenic fuels like liquid hydrogen, which require extremely low temperatures. This translates to simpler logistics and reduced infrastructure costs for pre-launch operations. Additionally, semi-cryogenic engines offer a performance advantage over traditional liquid-fueled engines, making them ideal for powering heavy-lift launch vehicles like the LVM 3.

The SCE-200 promises a significant boost to the LVM 3’s capabilities. It is expected to increase the vehicle’s payload capacity to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) by a substantial 25%. This translates to an enhanced ability to carry heavier satellites into orbit, opening doors for more ambitious Indian space missions.

While an official confirmation for the June 2026 timeframe is awaited, Dr. Narayanan’s statement signifies significant progress in the SCE-200’s development. This news is sure to energize the Indian space program as the country strives towards becoming a leading player in the global spacefaring community.

 

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