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 at 5.28 pm on Monday.
The rocket, weighing 640 tonnes and standing 43.43 metres tall, blasted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, around 105 km from Chennai.
At about 5.45 we will know whether this launch is successful or not. The mission has now entered the cryogenic stage.
The GSLV Mark III, described as a ‘game-changer’, is capable of transporting a heavier 4-tonne communications satellite into a GTO that is about 36-thousand kilometres high during its farthest point from the Earth and 170 kilometers during its nearest point. According to a senior space scientist, it’s launch will open up opportunities for India to launch 4-tonne class of satellites of foreign countries.
This ISRO mission will also extend India’s communication resources as a single satellite will be equivalent to having a constellation of six to seven of the older variety of communication satellites in space. The satellite would study the nature of the charged particles and influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.
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