Sriharikota, June 3: Indian Space Research Organization ISRO - has already carved itself in the history of Space Science making India proud. Wait, India is going to cheer again with a pride as ISRO is set to launch its most powerful rocket ‘GSLV Mark-III’ that is capable of transporting a heavier 4-tonne communications satellite and described as a “game-changer” in the first of its kind space mission.
All the best, ISRO! ‘Commendable’ responsibility taken by ISRO will turn heads to look up to India in the field of ‘Space Science’. Aiming for a greater share of the multi-billion dollar global space market and becoming self-reliant, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Friday it is hoping to launch the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III on 5th June as the countdown will begin from tomorrow.
“GSLV Mark-III is our next launch. We are ready. All the systems are in Sriharikota. The integration is currently going on,” ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said. A successful launch of this rocket will be yet another major step towards being self-reliant in the country’s space programme. “As on today, ISRO has the capability to launch payloads of up to 2.2 tonnes and anything above that it had to tap Ariane or other launch facilities. This will be a significant move from us” Kumar added.
GSLV Mark-III will be India’s most powerful launch vehicle built to lift the heaviest Indian communications satellites to space. It can put satellites weighing 4 tonnes in space, double the weight that the current GSLV-Mark-II can lift. It will also enable ISRO to launch from India heavier communications spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km. Because of the absence of a powerful launcher, ISRO currently launches satellites above 2 tonnes on European rockets for a big fee.
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