India hopes new rocket can carry humans into space

India hopes new rocket can carry humans into space

Dubbed by the scientists as the "Monster Rocket", it has the capability to launch satellites as heavy as 4 tonnes, i.e. 4000 kilograms.

Stay tuned for more updates and coverage of the launch event during the evening time, when GSLV Mark-III rocket booster takes off from the second launch pad at India's rocket port at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

India launched a communication satellite using its most powerful rocket on Monday, improving its prospects of winning a bigger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry and its hopes of a manned mission. The Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with co-passenger satellites from other countries is planned to be launched by PSLV-C38 into a nominal altitude of 500 km.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today congratulated the ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV MKIII-D1, saying it was another significant achievement which has made the nation proud.

The cryogenic engine that flew is fully indigenous Not just this, ISRO was blacklisted by America to prevent it from buying even commercially available parts and components.

Prior to the launch, a lot of preparatory work was being done, Somanath said.

At present, out of a constellation of 41 in-orbit Indian satellites, 13 are communication satellites, and the total mission life of the GSAT-19 is 10 years. GSAT-19 carries Ka- and Ku-band transponders, as well as an indigenous lithium-ion battery and an instrument called the Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP).

The GSLV-Mk III is a three stage/engine rocket.

India has long worked towards developing its own cryogenic engine, the upper stage engine technology required to carry heavier communication satellites, as showcased in Monday's launch. The second is liquid fuel and the third is the cryogenic engine. The payload will be gradually increased in future flights of the GSLV Mk-III.

Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre Director S.

Interestingly, GSLV-Mk III at around 43 metres is slightly shorter than Mk-II version that is around 49 metres tall. Though it is 56 years since Russian Federation sent Yuri Gagarin into space (1961), and helped India's own cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma undertake a space trip in 1984, the competence to launch human space missions will establish the country as one among a handful of a nations to do so, which will in turn will boost space exploration and position the country to tap scientific benefits from such capabilities, says space experts. There are over 2,000 communications satellites in Earth's orbit, used by both private and government organisations. It will be employed on the next GSLV Mk.3 flight, helping ISRO achieve a more rapid launch cadence.

The GSLV-MK III is the India's heaviest rocket.

"All activities for the launch of GSLV Mk III-D1 and GSAT-19 mission is going on".

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