The Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched the key rocket engine for the Chandrayaan-3 mission on 28 February 2023.

Here are key points to know about this launch:

The hot test engine called CE-20 cryogenic engine will power the cryogenic upper stage of the launch vehicle of the Chandrayaan-3 mission.

The test was carried out for a planned duration of 25 seconds at the High Altitude Test Facility of the ISRO Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.

The cryogenic engine will be integrated with the propellant tanks, stage structures and fluids to realise the flight cryogenic stage.

This test comes a day after the Chandrayaan-3 lander successfully completed the EMI-EMC (electromagnetic interference/ electromagnetic compatibility) test at U R Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru city.

The mission will be launched later this year by Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (LMV3) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.