ISRO GSLV Mk 3 rocket launch: International media has praised India’s launch of GSLV Mk 3 rocket yesterday. It was launched at 5:28 pm by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from the Sriharikota space station in Andhra Pradesh with communications satellite GSAT-19 piggy-backing successfully into space – it was the heaviest-ever lift-off by ISRO yet. The foreign media, which has been chronicling a string of successess by India’s space agency over the years, watched the most spectacular achievement yet.
Praising India’s success Washington Post has called it India’s most “muscular rocket yet”. It further said that even as the rocket will mainly work as a delivery system for really heavy satellites, it hailed the fact that ISRO has pinned its hopes on the rocket carrying a manned mission one day “beyond Earth’s atmosphere”.
Quoting ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar, Washington Post added that the satellite launch was a quarter-century in the making and much of the time was taken to develop an indigenous, cryogenic engine which uses liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen as propellants.
Calling it “good news”, the Washington Post also talked about ISRO’s launch of record-104 satellites into space atop just one rocket last February. It added that those satellites were minuscule compared with what was launched on Monday.
It added that the new rocket will be capable of transporting heavier satellites, for which India was earlier dependent on foreign space agencies. During Monday’s launch, the rocket carried about 7,000-pound GSAT-19 satellite, Washington Post added.
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Before the launch yesterday, the Chinese media had taken note and had focussed on the point that the rocket would be able to carry humans into space eventually.
The People’s Daily in its article had said after the successful launch of the satellite, ISRO plans to seek financial support from the Centre in order to send Indians in space. However, the daily added that it was unconfirmed whether or not India will plan to conduct manned space missions in years to come.