After Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian Space Research Organization( ISRO ) is gearing up for its next rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark – III. This rocket has a capacity to launch 4,000 kg satellites into space.
The initial version of this rocket was used once to launch 2000 kg satellites, but this one belongs to the third generation and adopts few features of PSLV like flight-proven solid and liquid stage, and it also has a cryogenic upper stage.
With an aim to make India launch heavier satellites into space, the scientists have invented this GSLV. So, because of this, India can launch satellites which are heavier in size with this rocket, without depending on foreign countries. If it gets successful, then Indian is going to give tough competition for other leading countries.
In the month of February, the scientists have tested the cryogenic stage which designated as C25 for 640 seconds at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district belongs to Tamil Nadu.
This rocket is going to carry GSAT – 19 to space, and it is likely to get launched into space in the next couple of months. This satellite is carrying Ka and Ku-band payload, Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload, which will be useful to monitor and to do research about the nature of charged particles and their influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.
For the first time, ever in the history of India, ISRO is working on three missions simultaneously. First one is the integration of PSLV-C38 and GSLV-F09. The works are going on at a brisk pace. Besides this, the works of GSLV MarK 111 also in progress. ISRO officials shared that MK III will be shifted after the launch of GSLV-F09.
Probably, the launch of remaining two missions, GSLV-F09 carrying the GSAT-9 satellite will be on May 5. The PSLV-C3 will get initiated by the Cartosat-2D and some foreign satellites on May 25. They confirmed that GSLV Mark III is going to carry 4,000-kg GSAT-19 to space in June.
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