HS200 Solid Rocket Booster for Gaganyaan Mission

HS200 Solid Rocket Booster for Gaganyaan Mission

News: Recently, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has completed the static test of the human-rated solid rocket booster (HS200) for Gaganyaan programme.

• The booster engine is part of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MkIII (GSLV Mk III) rocket that will carry Indian astronauts to space.
• It is the world’s second largest operational booster using solid propellants.
• The HS200 is the human-rated version of the S200 rocket booster of satellite launch vehicle GSLV Mk III, popularly known as LVM3.

Gaganyaan Mission:
• The mission is expected to be launched in 2023.
• Three flights will be sent into orbit. Of these, two will be unmanned flights and one human spaceflight.
• The Orbital Module will have three Indian astronauts, including a woman. It will circle Earth at a low-earth-orbit at an altitude of 300-400 km from earth for 5-7 days.
• With this launch, India will become the fourth nation in the world to launch a human spaceflight mission after the USA, Russia and China.
• The objective of the Gaganyaan programme is to demonstrate the capability to send humans to low earth orbit on board an Indian launch vehicle and bring them back to earth safely.

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