Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

GSLV Mark III Success Another Feather in Indian ISRO

Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) will be launched into space at 5.28 p.m. along with GSAT-19.

The GSAT-19's successful launch today will now pave the way for the launch of GSAT-11-a heavier communication satellite-into the space in the near future.

Former Isro chairperson K Radhakrishnan said the successful launch would open up the global market for Isro and that foreign satellites can also be launched from here in future.

Sriharikota: With its plans to compress the capabilities of six ton communication satellites in a four ton spacecraft, India intends to use only its own rocket for launching satellites, Indian space agency chief AS Kiran Kumar said on Monday.

In the last three years India's space program has come into worldwide limelight with a series of landmark programs: In 2014, it sent the world's cheapest mission to Mars, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi points out cost less than the Hollywood movie "Gravity".

The entire country is eagerly waiting for today's iconic launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation, as today, the agency will be sending out its heaviest ever rocket - the GSLV-Mk III, which will take wings with an indigenous cryogenic engine.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had congratulated the ISRO team.

Mukherjee said the nation was proud of ISRO's achievement while Modi said the mission took India closer to next generation satellite capability.

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The rocket, weighing 640 tonnes and standing 43.43 metres tall, will blast off from the second launch pad at India's rocket port at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, around 105 km from here.

16 minutes later, at 5.44pm, the GSAT-19 Sattelite successfully separated from the launch vehicle. These rockets use solid, liquid and cryogenic engines. This dream, which India initially saw back in the 90's has finally come to fruition after more than twenty-three years.

K. Sivan, another top ISRO scientist, confirmed that GSAT-19 provides much higher data rates than any existing satellite.

The GSLV Mk-III is referred as FAT Boy of ISRO or India is ISRO's its most powerful rocket. There are over 2,000 communications satellites in Earth's orbit, used by both private and government organisations.

"This was the first orbital mission of GSLV MkIII which was mainly meant to evaluate the vehicle performance including that of its fully indigenous cryogenic upper stage during the flight", ISRO officials said in a statement.

The first flight will carry GSAT-19 satellite, which is aimed at boosting and enhancing telecommunication and broadcasting sectors.

It's hoped the rocket will carry humans to space in future manned missions.

Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre Director S. Somanath said, the brand new rocket was conceived, designed and realised by ISRO engineers.

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