India’s premier space agency – the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), after buoying its successful launch of its precious the South Asia Satellite last month, is now gearing up for setting off its heaviest rocket by the end of June this year.
As announced by ISRO’s current Director, AS Kiran Kumar in a recent official press release, the agency will be conducting the Maiden launch of its 640-tonne rocket – Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) which is said to be agency’s heaviest rocket in the first week of June this year.
“GSLV Mark-III is on the card and will hit the orbit soon. We are gearing up for its maiden launch. All the systems are already installed at the launch site of Sriharikota, and the integration is currently on the move,” AS Kiran Kumar told reporters while giving glimpses about Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III. “The entire process of collecting and assembling its multiple phases and stages, followed by the integration of the satellite into the heat shield are on the go,” added Mr Kiran Kumar.
The most notable aspect of GSLV Mark-III rocket is that its primary and massive cryogenic engine, which is developed by Space scientists at ISRO. This is the first time that the cryogenic engine is powering the rocket. Since last 12 years, ISRO is busy on preparing its heaviest rocket, and now the 12-years mission seems to be rewarding in this June. As planned by ISRO, GSLV Mk III rocket, carrying the high-end communication satellite GSAT-19 will take off from the launch site of Sriharikota in the first week of June.
GSLV Mark-III is one of ISRO’s most powerful launch vehicle, which is specially designed to lift off the heavy communications satellites – GSAT-19, weighing more than 2.2 tonnes of space. As said by Kiran Kumar, the agency, after launching the 2.2-tonne weight satellite, will aim at sending off satellites up to four tonnes to space and even beyond in the Indian soil itself. The technological breakthroughs on lithium ion batteries, done by ISRO are essential for the agency’s future space programme regarding the cut off of expenses. However, it still requires reasonable efforts of global industry to make its real for reducing costs, added Kiran Kumar.