Sriharikota, June 6: After ISRO’s prodigious launch of 104 satellites, on Monday ISRO did it again by successfully launching India’s heaviest satellite- 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.
None other than our President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated ISRO’s whole team of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission.
On this successful launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated saying that “Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission. The GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability. The nation is proud!”
Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, Ministry of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra and several others proudly expressed and congratulated ISRO.
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.
This is the first ever developmental flight for the 4-ton class vehicle, powered by the indigenous cryogenic upper stage of 20 tonnes thrust. In this test flight, the ISRO's most powerful ever rocket is set to carry the satellite of 3136 kg lift off mass into space, the heaviest ever to be launched from Indian soil.
Highlights of GSLV Mark-III:
It features an Indian cryogenic third stage and a higher payload capacity than the current GSLV.
The satellite would carry Ka and Ku-band payload along with a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to monitor and study the nature of the charged particles and influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.
It would also employ advanced spacecraft technologies including bus subsystem experiments in the electrical propulsion system, indigenous Li-ion battery and indigenous bus bars for power distribution, among others.