India Just Launched Its Giant 'Monster' Rocket

ISRO Chairman Krishna Kumar described the launch as an "historic day".

On May 05, 2017, ISRO launched the South Asia Satellite of GSAT which took three-years to built and was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gift to the India's SAARC neighbors. ISRO will be aiming to put into orbit the communication satellite, GSAT-19, on board the GSLV-MkIII-D1. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and GSLV-Mk II - with a lift-off mass of 415 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes are the two rockets which India has now.

President Mukherjee further said that the nation is proud of the significant achievement of the research department.

The countdown for the launch of the 640-tonne rocket began Sunday. These in turn monitor and study the nature of charged particles and the influence of space radiation on satellites and their electronic components. The rocket can in fact lift payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the GTO and 10,000 kg into Low Earth Orbit (Leo).

However, it may be recalled that the journey to this successful launch today was riddled with many failures in the past. It is powered by a liquid-fueled core stage, two strap-on solid rocket motors and a liquid-fueled upper stage.

The GSLV Mk III is created to carry four ton-class satellites into orbit, opening up the possibility of future human spaceflight programmes.

Before this India had depended on foreign communicated rockets for launch.

Earlier, ISRO had launched the 3,404 kg GSAT-18 communication satellite from Ariane, French Guiana. As officially scheduled, the rocket will fly to the space sharp at 5.28 pm, 5th June Monday from ISRO's Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, located in Nellore district.

Nicknamed as "Fat Boy", ISRO is all geared up to launch its most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV-Mk III).

The GSLV Mark-III is meant to launch satellites into geostationary orbit and as a launcher for an Indian crew vehicle.

In 2014, the space agency successfully undertook the first experimental flight of the GSLV MkIII from Sriharikota.

The successful launch of Rohini RS-1 satellite by SLV-3 in 1980 enabled India to join the select club of six countries- United States, former USSR, France, Japan, China and Britain- with capability to launch satellites on their own.

  • Carolyn Briggs