The newly launched rocket weighs 640 tonnes and is 43.43 metres tall.
The Indian Space Research Organisation launched the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle Mark-III, which is communication satellite GSAT-19, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and the entire episode took place on the last Monday.
This one is touted as very crucial mission as it is the “heaviest-ever rocket and satellite” to be launched from India, Isro chairperson AS Kiran Kumar stated to various media.
The rocket was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. The GSLV Mk III is all set to launch the satellite into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit after 16.20 minutes following the lift-off. The rocket weighs 640 tonnes and is 43.43 metres tall.
The vehicle can lift payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the GTO and 10,000 kg into the Low Earth Orbit. The GSLV Mk III is having 2 solid strap-ons, a liquid booster and a cryogenic upper stage will be carrying the 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite.
Former Isro chairperson K Radhakrishnan stated about this successfully launched Isro mission that it will be open up the international market for Isro so that foreign satellites can also be launched from here in future.
“If today India has to launch communication satellites beyond 2.3 tonnes, we have to go abroad,” Radhakrishnan told PTI. “We will have self-reliance in launching communication satellites, and we will be able to attract foreign customers.”
This launch will also prove it is cost-effective to be proved for India in the future. Launching heavy INSAT-class satellites of 3.5 tonnes from the European Space Agency currently incurs a cost of Rs 800 crore each, GSLV Mk III Vehicle Director J Jayaprakash told The Times Of India. “At one-third, the cost or at about Rs 350 crore, India can launch heavier stated further.
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