Karnataka CM hails ISRO for GSLV Mk-III launch

Launching heavy INSAT-class satellites of 3.5 tonnes from the European Space Agency now incurs a cost of Rs 800 crore each, GSLV Mk III Vehicle Director J Jayaprakash told The Times Of India.

It was a great moment today for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and the entire country, as India's biggest home-made rocket GSLV MK III was successfully launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The rocket will be launched from the second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota today at 5:28 PM. "We have joined an elite club of nations and developed a unique kind of capability to launch heavy communications satellite without the help of foreign vehicles", said former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan.

Until now Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been dependent on foreign launch vehicles for communication satellites weighing more than 2,300 kg.

"Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch", Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. The nation is proud.

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) is a three-stage rocket that has a liftoff mass of 414.75 tonnes. It almost took 15 years for the ISRO to master the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen as propellants. Photo: LR Shankar FUTURE MISSIONS Isro says GSAT-19 features certain advanced spacecraft technologies including "miniaturised heat pipe, fibre optic gyro, Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) accelerometer and cryogenic upper stage engine".

GSLV-Mk III is capable launching 4 ton class of satellites to Geosynchronous Transfer orbit (GTO). This dream, which India initially saw back in the 90's has finally come to fruition after more than twenty-three years.

In November 2013, India launched a space probe that has been orbiting Mars since September 2014.

The GSLV-Mk III is a three stage/engine rocket. The said rocket is smaller than its previous-generation but packs more power and experimental technologies.

Kiran Kumar also said the GSAT-19 satellite's health is normal and it will be raised to its intended orbit in the coming days.

The Indian space agency has also considered a manned space mission involving sending astronauts into a low-Earth orbit, but the programme has not yet been cleared by the government.

  • Zachary Reyes