GSLV mission: Scientists say cryogenic engine had ignited

A team of Indian space scientists has established that the indigenously built cryogenic engine had ignited for a second during the  failed last GSLV mission .

"This took place for a second and then the fuel supply to power turbo got blocked. Indian Space Research Organisation chairman and  we knew this on Thursday but then we wanted to be doubly sure about it. And now this has been substantiated with the data. By all  means this is a great achievement," said a senior scientist.He added that they have with them records to prove that compression had  taken place and the cryogenic engine had ignited. The GSLV D3 blasted off with a GSAT 4 satellite around 5 pm. Thursday from  Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh but then stopped emitting signals within minutes.

A high-level meeting held  to review the flight data of the  failed mission.It was at ISRO's centre at Valiyamala, in  Thiruvananthapuram, that the cryogenic project took shape from the design stage to the assembly stage.

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