SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for successfully conducting the third long-duration hot test on the Vikas engine, which will launch the ambitious Gaganyaan programme. Musk’s one-word tweet also has an Indian flag. The engine was fired for a duration of 240 seconds at the ISRO facility in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu. “The engine performance met the test objectives and the engine parameters closely matched with the predictions during the entire test period,” ISRO said.

Musk, the founder of aerospace manufacturing giant SpaceX, commented “congratulatory” on ISRO’s tweet.

As part of the engine qualification requirements for the Gaganyaan programme, ISRO tested the liquid propellant development engine, the core L110 liquid stage of the manned-rated GSLV Mk III vehicle, ISRO said in a statement. Gaganyaan is the flagship project of ISRO, in which humans are sent into space, in low earth orbit, on an Indian vehicle. The first unmanned mission is planned for December 2021 and the second is scheduled for 2022-23.

According to the official statement released by ISRO, the performance of the engine met the test objectives and the parameters matched closely with the predictions during the entire duration of the test.

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