1. ISRO GSLV Mk 3 rocket gets ‘Baahubali’ sobriquet after successful launch

ISRO GSLV Mk 3 rocket gets ‘Baahubali’ sobriquet after successful launch

The scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday celebrated the successful launch of the GSLV MKIII-D1, India's heaviest rocket, and gave it names, such as "Bahubali" and "obedient boy".

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Meanwhile, Director of the ISRO propulsion complex, P V Venkata Krishnan described the launch vehicle as a game changer. (PTI)

ISRO GSLV Mk 3 rocket launch: The scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday celebrated the successful launch of the GSLV MKIII-D1, India’s heaviest rocket, and gave it names, such as “Bahubali” and “obedient boy”. Tapan Misra, director of the Space Applications Centre, a branch of ISRO, spoke to PTI, as smiles broke out of the control centre in Sriharikota and said, “Proud to say ISRO has given birth to a Baahubali”. Meanwhile, Director of the ISRO propulsion complex, P V Venkata Krishnan described the launch vehicle as a game changer and said that the organisation had made quantum leaps when it came to hardware. He added that the launch vehicle had used more of “swadeshi components” and “minimal” hardware from outside.

Speaking to PTI, he also added, “It has been written that this rocket is monstrous. But it really is a giant vehicle, in terms of capacity and payload capability”. One of the senior scientists involved in the development of the cryogenic stage termed it as “smart and most obedient boy”. He says, “This smart and most obedient boy of ISRO. It’s a technological marvel and a masterpiece which has added almost 56 percent of incremental velocity and placed the satellite in the GTO (geosynchronous transfer orbit) by giving a total incremental velocity of 37,000 kmph”

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After the successful launch, India can proudly say that it has mastered the difficult and high-performance cryogenic technology, he says informing that India is also now in an elite club with a few other countries that possess this technology. Meanwhile, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, K Sivan told reporters that today’s launch had marked the commencement of two major technologies. he said, “One is indigenous 100 percent desi heavy lift launch vehicle which is capable of lifting twice the capability of (existing) ISRO vehicles…Second is advanced high turnout satellite which presents higher data rate. These two technologies in the days to come are going to create a revolution in the application of space technology for common man in a cost effective and more efficient way”.

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