ISRO launches India’s heaviest rocket GSLV Mark-III


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the country’s heaviest rocket –Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), along with a communications satellite GSAT-19. A successful launch of this rocket is yet another major step towards being self-reliant in the country’s space program. GSLV Mk III-D1 launched GSAT-19 on June 05, 2017 from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

About the Launch Vehicle-
  1. 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).
  2. GSLV-Mk III-D1 is the first developmental flight, carrying 3136 kg GSAT-19 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
  3. GSLV Mk III is designed by Russia to carry about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which is about twice the capability of GSLV Mk II.
  4. The GSAT-19, with a lifespan of 10 years, is a multi-beam satellite that will carry Ka and Ku-band payload along with a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to monitor and study the nature of the charged particles and influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.
Static Takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • ISRO was established in 1969
  • Founder of ISRO was Vikram Sarabhai
  • A. S. Kiran Kumar is the current Chairman of ISRO
  • Shri P. Kunhikrishnan is the Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota
  • Sriharikota is situated in Andhra Pradesh.
Source- ISRO


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