China, Others Made Space Progress Despite ITAR

By Bradley Perrett, Frank Morring, Jr. , Amy Svitak , Jay Menon
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

The gas-generator cycle Indian engine is designed to deliver 73.55 kN in vacuum (16,534 lb. thrust), but it has yet to fly. A turbopump failed during its first flight test, taking an experimental satellite with it. The Russian engine has performed well, but overall the GSLV has fallen short of its predecessor—the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that has achieved 23 consecutive launch successes. By comparison, four of the past 10 GSLV launches have failed.

With Maxim Pyadushkin in Moscow.

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