Vikas [rocket engine full details]

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The Engine Evolution is a family of liquid-propelled rocket engines developed and manufactured by the Center for Liquid Propulsion Systems in the 1970s. This project is based on a licensed version of the Viking engine with a chemical compression system.

The original development engine used imported French components, which were later replaced by domestic components. It works with Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) and GeoSynchronized Satellite Launch Vehicles (GSLV). E II and Preliminary GSLV Mark III. The fuel load of the Vikas engine is 40 tonnes for the PSLV, GSLV Mark I and II, and 55 tonnes for the GSLV Mark III.


Vikas for PSLV, the Vikas engine is fully integrated and ready for static tests to being assembled at the principal test stand for the static test. Vikas undergoing a long duration in the atmosphere. Vikas Engine Third Successfully Long Duration Hot Tested. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) whose second stage will be powered by the Vikes.

As part of the requirements for engine certification under the Gaganyan program, ISRO carried out the third test of the Vikas liquid engine for the L110 medium-current stage of the GSLVMk III vehicle. Lasted 240 seconds at the ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) engine test bench at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu. The engine performance was in line with the test objectives and the engine parameters were in line with predictions during the test period.

Vikas engine

According to parts sources, the Indian Space Agency is supporting some important activities and the delivery of spare parts from France, Russia, and the US space agency. In response, ISRO, CEO Elon Musk congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization for ISRO’s successful test of the Vikas engine.

The main objective was to launch a human space flight on August 15, 2022, before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.