ISRO tests C25 Cryogenic Engine

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Ritvik Singh, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Last week, on India’s Republic Day, Indian space agency ISRO gave the country its best gift by successfully testing its most powerful cryogenic engine, code-named C25. It was tested for a duration of 50 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) in Mahendragiri. This is the same technology which was used in Saturn V, which carried man to the moon in 1967. By testing an engine this powerful in the first attempt, ISRO has once again demonstrated its ability to work in new areas.

For those who are unfamiliar with this technology, Cryogenics is the study of substances at a temperature as low as 150 degree Celsius and lower. Since Cryogenic engines use liquid Oxygen and liquid Hydrogen as fuels at this temperature, they can be tricky to operate. Thus far, the US, Japan, China, France and Russia are the only countries to have tested Cryogenic engines.

In my opinion, this is a great news for India. Since Russia denied this technology to India under US pressure, it is a huge accomplishment for them to develop such a complex technology. With a powerful C25 backing the GSLV Mark III rocket, India is looking forward to launching its second moon mission – the Chandrayaan 2.

TATA Elxsi – is it here to stay?

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Ritvik Singh, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


The thing about technology and innovation is that it always keeps evolving and brings out the best. With the current advancement in technology, many companies such as Tesla, Google, Hyundai, BMW and others are utilising artificial intelligence to come up with driverless cars. It’s one thing to make something like that for US or European roads, but building one for the Indian roads can be considered as a whole new feat, and its Tata Elxsi, which has taken upon itself to accomplish the same.

Tata Elxsi is a part of $100 billion Tata group, headquartered in Bengaluru. It is a design company that blends technology, creativity and engineering to help customers transform ideas into world-class products and solutions. Now, it would be unwise to compare Tata Elxsi’s latest model with that of Tesla or BMW, but considering the availability and affordability of the Tesla cars, Tata Elxsi’s driverless cars would be something that the Indian markets would look forward to.

In 2014, the company modified a Tata Zest sedan and developed various technologies to make it work. In 2015, it demonstrated its self-developed technology at the CES event, held a Las Vegas, Nevada. The company has come a long way since then. Last week it started testing its cars on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

With Tata Motor’s ambition to be no 3 car maker, its recent launch of lifestyle SUV Hexa and Tata Elxsi’s innovative technology, we can expect that it won’t be long when we see a driverless Tata car.

Source :

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/first-time-in-india-tata-elxsi-to-test-driverless-cars-on-bengaluru-roads-117011701566_1.html

http://www.tataelxsi.com/whats-new/News/Tata%20Elxsitrends_2017.pdf