SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has congratulated India on successfully conducting the third long-duration “hot test” of the Vikas engine, a vital piece of the ambitious Gaganyaan mission to take Indians to space in an Indian vehicle. Answering a tweet by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on the engine test, Mr. Elon Musk just thought of one word – “Congratulations!” with India’s banner emoticon. The ISRO said on Wednesday that it tested the human-appraised GSLV MkIII vehicle for engine qualification requirements for the monitored mission and it was successful.
#ISRO on July 14, 2021 has successfully conducted the hot test of the liquid propellant Vikas Engine for the core L110 liquid stage of the human rated GSLV MkIII vehicle, as part of engine qualification requirements for the #Gaganyaan Programme
— ISRO (@isro) July 14, 2021
ISRO said the engine was terminated for 240 seconds at the space organization’s Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu. The test objectives were met and the parameters closely coordinated with the predictions, it added.
Mr. Elon Musk, a lifelong space enthusiast who aims to make humans a multi-planetary species, established SpaceX in 2002 with an intention to cut down the cost of space transportation. His organization pioneered reusable rocket innovation to accomplish that objective.
Despite being competitors, Mr. Elon Musk has regularly praised ISRO’s efforts to accomplish huge with negligible cost. At the point when ISRO dispatched 104 satellites on a single rocket in February 2017, Mr. Elon Musk said he was extremely impressed by the record-breaking accomplishment.
Yeah, awesome achievement by ISRO. Very impressive!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2017
Last year, when SpaceX dispatched astronauts into Earth’s orbit onboard the Falcon 9 rocket, ISRO congratulated SpaceX and NASA on the “historic first dispatch”.
— ISRO (@isro) June 1, 2020
Several ISRO scientists, including its previous director G Madhavan Nair, have praised the business model of SpaceX and the significance it gives to worldwide showcasing. As indicated by a PTI report in March 2021, Mr. Nair had praised Mr. Elon Musk for his leadership, vision, and inventive administration techniques. Mr. Nair also added that India could gain from Mr. Musk’s business strategy.
India’s Gaganyaan Mission was at first set to be dispatched in 2022, yet it’s not satisfactory if the cutoff time will be met because of the coronavirus pandemic. The mission’s goal is to demonstrate India’s capacity to send humans to low earth orbit in an Indian vehicle – the substantial lift GSLV Mk III – and take them back to Earth.
There’s also a tremendous business interest in space travel. As of late, billionaire businessperson Richard Branson traveled to the edge of space for a test flight, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is set to travel to space not long from now.