Sriharikota, May 31: As space giants like NASA, SpaceX are already into the missions sending humans to Moon, Mars; Now Indian Space Research Organization ISRO is all set to launch a new rocket capable of carrying two times more weight into space than its predecessors which in future could be used for India’s first human space mission.
Indian Space Research Organization ISRO have developed an indigenously-built rocket - the largest ever made in India - that could soon be used to take "Indians into space from Indian soil" for the first time ever. An indigenous rocket as heavy as 200 full-grown Asian elephants, standing tall on the rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh is the country's latest rocket called the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk- III), the heaviest rocket ever made by India that is capable of carrying the heaviest satellites till now. Designed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), the new rocket costs an estimated Rs 300 Crores.
With this rocket, ISRO will have the potential to enter the world's multi-billion dollar launch market. "We are pushing ourselves to the limits to ensure that this new, fully self-reliant Indian rocket succeeds in its maiden launch," said ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar.
If the human venture materializes, India would become only the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to have a human space flight program. Incidentally, ISRO asserts the first Indian to go into space could well be a woman! This heavy lift rocket is capable of placing up to 8 tons in a low Earth orbit, enough to carry India's crew module. ISRO has already prepared plans of hoisting a 2-3 member human crew into space as soon as the government gives it a sanction of about 3-4 billion dollars.
India already has two operational rockets -- the workhorse PSLV that can host satellites of 1.5 tons into space and was the preferred vehicle for India's maiden mission to Moon and Mars. The second -- the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-II can hoist 2 ton class of satellites and because of its repeated failures it was dubbed 'the naughty boy of ISRO'. Between them, ISRO has done 50 launches and recently even earned a world record by successfully placing 104 satellites in orbit.
Excitingly Kiran Kumar said that "a whole new rocket and an entirely new class of a high throughput satellite system is all set to be launched".