Kolkata, Mar 20: India’s premier space agency, ISRO is going to launch GSLV Mark-III, the country’s most powerful launch vehicle, in another two months, senior space scientist and ex-programme director of ISRO professor T.G.K. Murthy said on Friday.
“In another two months, we are going to launch GSLV Mark-III. We are going to launch four satellites from the Indian soil in the near future,” Murthy told sources on the side-lines of a three-day international conference on ‘Advances in Science and Technology’ in Kolkata.
“ISRO has been successful in testing the high-thrust cryogenic technology for use in the launch vehicle, GSLV Mark-III,” Murthy said. “ISRO will also launch the SAARC satellite this month, to give member countries all the benefits as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi”
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III is a launch vehicle intended to launch satellites into geostationary orbit and as a launcher for an Indian crew vehicle. It features an Indian cryogenic third stage and a higher payload capacity than the current GSLV.
Besides, India will launch a satellite to study the sun and global climate change, to be named as Aditya-L1, and will weigh 400 kg, carrying one payload.
Pointing out that the Indian space mission has “wide-ranging applications and wide-ranging facilities, Murthy informed that 90% of the technology application materials being used by ISRO have been made indigenously.
Murthy also referred to India’s first private mission to the moon. “We will have a private rocket for the first time in the moon. Our scientists are working on challenges like capsule re-entry, safety conditions and it promises to be one for the history books,” he said at the conference that was hosted by a private engineering institute.
Chandrayaan-2, India's second lunar mission, India's second mission to the Moon, is being developed currently by ISRO. It is an advanced version of the previous lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1.
Consisting of an orbiter, lander and rover, this advanced lunar mission aims to understand the chemical composition of Moon by analysing the soil/rocks. The mission will also analyse Moon’s atmosphere.