The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is moments away from the launch its heaviest rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark- III (GSLV MkIII) today to ferry the GSAT-19 communications satellite into the space. The rocket will be launched at 5:28 pm over the island of Sriharikota on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh. With this launch, ISRO aims to bring a sea-change in the communications mechanism system of the country. GSLV MkIII is seen as the next generation rocket for the country as, after six successful attempts, it will get the approval to ferry people into space. As the country eagerly awaits yet another ISRO success later today, here is all you need to know about the game changing launch:
1. GSAT-19 is loaded with advanced spacecraft technologies including miniaturised heat pipe, fibre optic gyro, and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) accelerometer. The research organisation is testing all these important features so that they can become the mainstream systems on future space missions. The advancement which made GSLV-19 a rare innovation is that for the first time there will be no transponders on the satellite.
2. The success of this mission will mark a huge leap forward for the country in certain critical aspects. Speaking to PTI about the same, Tapan Misra, director of the Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, said “A truly ‘made in India’ satellite that will empower a digital India that is in the making.”
3. The standout features of ISRO’s GSAT-19 satellite include a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to monitor and study the nature of charged particles and the influence of space radiation on satellites and their electronic components.
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4. ISRO is exploring the possibility to build the next level fibre optic internet mechanism in the country, a Times Now report stated.
5. Scientists at ISRO told the channel that GSAT-19 is just a trailer and the real movie, which is GSAT-11 satellites, is yet to come. They have also claimed that it will be launched within a few months and will emerge as one of country’s top-flight communication platforms.