ISRO tests hybrid motors successfully: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully tested a hybrid motor. This may lead to the development of a new propulsion system for next launch vehicles. The Bengaluru-based space agency claimed that the 30 kN hybrid motor tested at the ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu is stackable and scalable.
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ISRO tests hybrid motors successfully: Key Points
- The ISRO Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC) provided support for the test.
- Liquid oxygen (LOX) served as the oxidizer and hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) served as the fuel for the motor.
- A hybrid motor employs solid fuel and liquid oxidizer, as opposed to solid-solid or liquid-liquid combinations.
- It was explained that using liquids makes throttling easier and that managing the flow rate of LOX makes it possible to restart.
- Both HTPB and LOX are environmentally friendly, but LOX is safer to handle, according to ISRO.
- According to the statement from ISRO, “The test of a hybrid motor with a 30 kN flight equivalent showed ignition and sustained combustion for the planned 15 seconds. The motor function was adequate.”
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- Minister of Science and Technology: Jitendra Singh