PSLV Rocket Successfully Demonstrates In-Orbit Capacity

  • DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) developed a Green Propulsion System, under the Technology Development Fund (TDF).
  • It has successfully demonstrated in-orbit functionality on a payload launched by the PSLV C-58 mission.
  • It included 1N Class Green Monopropellant thruster attitude control and orbit keeping of micro satellite.
  • The Contract was given to a Bengaluru-based start-up Bellatrix Aerospace Pvt Ltd (Development Agency).
  • This technology results in a non-toxic and environmentally friendly propulsion system for low-orbit space.
  • It consists of indigenously developed propellants, Fill and Drain Valves, Latch Valves, Solenoid valves, Catalyst beds, Drive Electronics, etc.
  • It is ideal for space missions with high thrust requirements.
  • It has demonstrated pulsed mode and steady-state firing in a vacuum, passivation of residual propellant in outer space, propellant realisation and establishment of filling procedure under the TDF.
  • The TDF is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Defence executed by DRDO for funding innovation in defence and aerospace, especially to start-ups and MSMEs.
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