India to launch communication satellite

India to launch communication satellite

On Monday, the GSLV-Mk III-D1- in its first developmental flight - successfully put the 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit 16 minutes after blast-off.

ISRO Chairman Krishna Kumar described the launch as an "historic day". Launching heavy INSAT-class satellites of 3.5 tonnes from the European Space Agency now incurs a cost of Rs 800 crore each, GSLV Mk III Vehicle Director J Jayaprakash told The Times Of India.

On May 05, 2017, ISRO launched the South Asia Satellite of GSAT which took three-years to built and was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gift to the India's SAARC neighbors. The successful launch of GSLV Mk III, which cost Isro Rs 300 crore, has also set the stage for Isro's manned mission.

President Mukherjee further said that the nation is proud of the significant achievement of the research department.

The 43-meter (140-foot) rocket blasted of from the Sriharikota launch pad southeast in India on Monday, placing a 3,136-kilo (6914-pound) communications satellite into orbit.

PM Modi congratulates ISRO on the successful launch.

The GSAT-18 satellite launched in 2016 using Arianespace's rocket weighed 3,404 kg which is well within the GSLV-Mk III's capacity.

The rocket boasts powerful cryogenic engines, which were also developed in India in a bid to reduce reliance on European propulsion technology.

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The GSAT-19 is the heaviest satellite ISRO has ever launched, demonstrating new capability to launch heavier payloads.

The GSLV-Mk III, when its graduates from its development flight status to operational status, may look at flying heavier foreign satellites.

Other than communication satellites, the payload on board the rocket will consist of machinery to be used in monitoring and studying the nature of charged particles and the influence of space radiation on satellites and their electronic components. Overcoming the initial hurdles, the PSLV rocket has over a period of time emerged as the most reliable and versatile workhorse launch vehicle with 38 consecutive successful missions since October 1994.

It was a textbook launch as every stage of the three-stage GSLV MkIII with indegeneous cryogenic engine performed well.

Isro would have used the CE-20 powered GSLV Mk III in 2003 had it not been for the United States sanctions and a case foisted on Isro scientist Nambi Narayanan, who was the project director for the development of cryogenic engine in the early 1990s.

India wants to become the fourth country after the US, China and Russian Federation to send a person into space.

The rocket's main and bigger cryogenic engine has been developed by space scientists here.

Indian space scientists worked "relentlessly for decades and for this project since 2002 to successfully put the satellite into orbit", Kumar said.

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