NEW DELHI, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Friday that it successfully completed the static test of a human-rated solid rocket booster (HS200) for the Gaganyaan spacecraft program.
The test was conducted at Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal coast located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
"The successful completion of this test marks a major milestone for the prestigious human space flight mission of ISRO, the Gaganyaan, as the first stage of the launch vehicle is tested for its performance for the full duration," the ISRO said in a statement.
According to the ISRO, HS200 rocket booster is the human-rated version of the well-proven S200 rocket booster of GSLV Mk III satellite launch vehicle, popularly known as LVM3.
Based on the successful launch pedigree of this launch vehicle, "the LVM3 has been identified as the launcher for the Gaganyaan mission. For the manned space mission, LVM3 launch vehicle underwent improvements stipulated by the requirements of human rating," ISRO said.
"The HS200 booster loaded with 203 tons of solid propellant was tested for a duration of 135 seconds. The 20-m-long and 3.2-m-diameter booster is the world's second-largest operational booster with solid propellant," it said.
The ISRO said that during this test, the performance of all the systems was normal. ■