Karnataka CM hails ISRO for GSLV Mk-III launch

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 6, 2017

The satellite GSAT-19, GSLV-Mk III delivers into orbit, weighs over 3 tons - a record for the Indian space industry. GSLV Mk III is created to carry 4-ton class of satellites into geosynchronous transfer orbit or about 10 tons to low earth orbit, the ISRO posted on its website. The head of the Indian space research organization, the ALUR Selin Kiran Kumar expressed hope that in case of success of the mission using GSLV-Mk III in the future it will be possible to send into space the Indian astronauts.

Currently, the Indian space agency is capable of launching payloads of up to 2.2 tonnes into the intended orbit.

In the past, India has used French rockets to launch its heavier communication satellites. The Indian space agency said earlier on Monday that the countdown process for its GSLV Mk-III launch was "progressing normally".

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. For anything above the aforementioned weight, ISRO had to seek help of foreign launch facilities.

It was a textbook launch as every stage of the three-stage GSLV MkIII with indegeneous cryogenic engine performed well. One of the senior scientists involved in the development of the cryogenic stage termed it as "smart and most obedient boy".

Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre Director S. Somanath said, the brand new rocket was conceived, designed and realised by ISRO engineers. It also carries a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to monitor and study the nature of charged particles and the influence of space radiation on satellites and their electronic components, according to ISRO.

The GSLV-Mk III being moved to second launch pad. We are getting ready.

"The whole process of assembling the various stages and then integrating the satellite into the heat shield, these activities are going on". It is a landmark event as we have launched the heaviest satellites till date.

In a way, the launch breaks a major jinx for ISRO, which has over the past three decades, faltered several timesin its first tests, including the GSLV version as well as the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The satellite also features advanced spacecraft technologies and an indigenous lithium-ion battery, officials said.

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