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India's draft space transportation policy gives green
push to Isro
The Indian government will continue to focus on research and development on green fuel, robotic space
exploration, and reusable rockets, states the draft National Space Transportation Policy
The Indian government, while encouraging the private players to play a good part in the space sector with policy
reforms, will continue to focus on research and development (R&D) on green fuel, robotic space exploration and
reusable rockets state the draft National Space Transportation Policy.
The draft policy states that focused research is essential on new propulsion systems based on semi-cryogenic,
liquid oxygen-methane, and green propellants.
The Department of Space (DOS) under the Government of India has recently come out with its draft National
Space Transportation Policy.
Its space arm -- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)-- is working on green fuel (for rockets and satellites),
human space missions, and others. Similarly, private rocket makers are also for green fuel.
The DOS Secretary and ISRO Chairman K.Sivan said the space agency is looking at green propulsion through
hydrogen peroxide in its rocket that would take Indians into space under its 'Gaganyaan' mission.
ISRO is also looking at rocket engines powered by hydrogen peroxide as a mono-propellant or as a bi-propellant
along with ethanol.
The Indian space agency is also developing another green fuel -- LOX/Methane -- liquid oxygen as oxidizer and
methane as fuel.