Sunday, January 24, 2010

S200 Static Test Success

India successfully static tested the S200, a new large solid rocket motor (SRM) that will power India's GSLV Mark III launch vehicle. Each S200 will burn 200 tons of SRM propellant, 85% of the Ariane V SRMs. SRM emissions are perhaps the most harmful of all propellant types to stratospheric ozone, though scientists do not have sufficient data or models to prove this assertion. The importance of the S200 test and imminent GSLV Mark III deployment is to suggest that SRM emissions - and so ozone impacts from rocket launches - may increase in coming years.

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