New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully launched India’s biggest and heaviest GSLV-Mk III at 9:30am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The mission so far has been flawless.
It costs about Rs. 160 crore. The rocket is capable of doubling the capacity of payloads India can carry into space. It can carry four tonne communication satellites. Once ISRO masters this rocket, India won’t need expensive foreign launchers to send its heavy-duty communication satellites to space.
This rocket is conceived to make India completely self reliant in launching heavier communication satellites of INSAT-4 class, which weighs 4500 to 5000 kg. It would also enhance the capability of the country to be a competitive player in the multimillion dollar commercial launch market.
It is designed to be a three stage vehicle, with 42.4 m tall with a lift off weight of 630 tonnes.
”There will be a crew module as a dummy payload and cryogenic engine for weight simulation.
The experimental flight with the crew module in a spacecraft will test whether its heat shield can survive very high temperatures during its re-entry into the atmosphere,” said Dr Kiran Kumar Director of Space Applications Centre.
The success of the module will be a step forward towards a future Human Space Project.
This comes less than three months after ISRO successfully launched Mangalyaan – a spacecraft orbiting Mars, thereby propelling India into the elite league of nations that have successfully sent missions to Mars.