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ISRO may use standby engine to launch GSLV

Indian space agency ISRO will look at options of using a standby engine for the early launch of its heavy geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) after examining what forced the postponement of the launch  on Monday, an official said.

‘We have a standby for the second stage engine. But first we have to study the problem. If the problem is due to a faulty component, then we have to look at the batch to which the component belonged and have to replace the entire components from that batch,’ an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official  said preferring anonymity.

He said there was no point in replacing an engine with another faulty one. According to him, ISRO will look at different options like using a standby engine, replacing the component or correcting the problem.

‘If the problem is external, it will be easy to correct. But if it is internal, then the engine may have to be dismantled,’ he said. ISRO had called off the launch of its GSLV rocket carrying the communication satellite GSAT-14 after the liquid fuel started leaking like a tap from the rocket’s second stage.


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