ISRO successfully launches India's heaviest GSLV Mark III with GSAT-19 satellite

Cesar Mills
June 6, 2017

India's heaviest rocket-Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III)-has geared up for its maiden flight into space along with a communications satellite this evening.

The United States, Russia, China, Japan and European Space Agency have the capability to launch satellites weighing more than three tonnes.

PM Modi tweeted to congratulate the ISRO scientists saying "the mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability". ISRO will be aiming to put into orbit the communication satellite, GSAT-19, on board the GSLV-MkIII-D1. In a sense, ISRO has finally converted the GSLV into an "Obedient Boy"; the success could herald a big leap in India's space dreams, including in the lucrative heavier payload, commercial market. The GSLV-Mk II, at 49 metres, is slightly taller than the Mk III, which stands to a height of 45 metres.

President Mukherjee further said that the nation is proud of the significant achievement of the research department. Besides, it carries 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.

If everything goes well, the communication satellite will work for transforming communications for the Indian Government's digital India mission and will change the features of internet services and streaming for the entire nation.

According to Kumar, there will be one more developmental flight of 640 ton GSLV Mk III, with a capacity to lift four ton satellites, before it graduates to operational mode.

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Before this India had depended on foreign communicated rockets for launch.

If successfully launched, GSLV-Mk III will pioneer India's intention to send manned missions.

The GSLV-MkIII is a three-stage vehicle created to carry heavier communication satellites into GTO.

Former ISRO Scientist, Nambi Narayanan said, "We are glad on its launch".

Earlier, ISRO had launched the 3,404 kg GSAT-18 communication satellite from Ariane, French Guiana. Its first stage is made of two straps on motors filled with solid fuel.

In addition to the new GSLV-Mk III, India has two rockets - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and GSLV-Mk II, capable of lifting into space 2.5 tons of cargo.

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