Russia's Khrunichev center to supply booster rocket accelerators to India

The Russian Khrunichev Space Center will supply to India five novel accelerator units 12 KRB for Indian booster rockets. This was reported to RIA Novosti by Alexander Medvedev, director of the Khrunichev center. To him, the first accelerator unit is already on the cosmodrome in Andhra Pradesh in India and is supposed to blast off within a month in a test flight of the Indian booster rocket GSLU-D1. Medvedev said that the Russian accelerators burn cryogenic /low-temperature/ fuel, which is an environmentally friendly liquid oxygen-hydrogen mixture. If the launch succeeds, India will be enabled to put its telecommunication satellites into geostationary orbit. Sitting 36,000 kilometers above the earth over definite territories of India, the satellites will ensure direct relay of national television programmes for Indian states. According to Medvedev, this will help India enter the international market of space services -- launch of satellites for other countries -- with the use of own booster rockets.

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