ISRO GSLV Mk 3 rocket launch: In a proud moment for every Indian, Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday inked yet another success to its name with the launch of GSLV Mk 3 rocket, which lifted the GSAT-19 satellite into space. Hailing ISRO’s achievement, both President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi team responsible for the successful launch. Here are 5 key takeaways from the launch everyone must know about:
– The rocket, named Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk III, lifted off successfully from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota today at 5.28 p.m.. Remarkably, the countdown progressed without a hitch.
– GSLV-Mk III is capable launching 4 ton class of satellites to Geosynchronous Transfer orbit (GTO). It is a three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons (S200), a liquid propellant core stage (L110) and a cryogenic stage (C25).
– GSLV-Mk III-D1 is the first developmental flight, carrying 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The vehicle is configured with a 5 m ogive payload fairing and slanted strap-on nose cone to provide aerodynamic robustness.The most important point to note is the fact that after the development flights part is over, the rocket will be certifiably capable of launching astronauts aboard into space.
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– The launch comes after immense effort of 25 years, 11 flights and over 200 tests on different components of the rocket. The rocket is a three-stage launch vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons, a liquid propellant core stage (L110) and a cryogenic stage (C-25).
– A number of scientist call MKIII a “monster rocket”. It took Rs 300 crore built it. It is as high as a 13-storey building and can launch satellites as heavy as 4 tonnes (4,000 kg).