3D-Printed Dhawan II Engine

  • Private space vehicle company Skyroot Aerospace on April 04, 2023, test-fired its 3D-printed Dhawan II engine for a duration of 200 seconds.
  • The engine was developed by the company for its heavier vehicle, Vikram II.
  • The ‘Dhawan-Il endurance test was conducted at Solar Industries’ propulsion test facility in Nagpur, Maharashtra, using an indigenously constructed mobile cryogenic engine test pad.
  • Earlier in November 2022, Skyroot launched India’s first privately developed rocket Vikram-S.
Dhawan II

  • The Dhawan cryogenic engine series of Skyroot is named in honour of Satish Dhawan.
  • Dhawan II builds upon Skyroot’s first privately developed fully cryogenic rocket engine – Dhawan-I, which was successfully test-fired in 2021.
  • It is completely indigenous and uses a super-alloy for 3D printing the engine, which reduces the manufacturing time by 95%.
  • It will use Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquid Oxygen (LOX) as propellants.