Sriharikota, June 5 : After the historic launch of South Asia Satellite, Indian Space Research Organisation today launched the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle Mark-III along with communication satellite GSAT-19. The rocket was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
According to ISRO Chief AS Kiran Kumar, The GSLV Mk III will launch the satellite into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit after 16.20 minutes following the lift-off. The rocket weighs 640 tonnes and is 43.43 metres tall.
Following the Make in India initiative of central government the indigenously developed cryogenic engine, can lift payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the GTO and 10,000 kg into the Low Earth Orbit. The GSLV Mk III has two solid strap-ons, a liquid booster and a cryogenic upper stage, will be carrying the 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite.
GSAT-19 will observe and study the nature of charged particles and influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components. This satellite is also equipped with advanced spacecraft technology, including indigenously developed Li-ion battery and bus bars for power distribution.
On this occasion hailing the efforts of ISRO Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the whole team of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission.