On Monday, ISRO’s first developmental flight of GSLV-Mk III has successfully launched the India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-19 into space from the Sriharikota launch pad at 5.28 pm and ISRO Finally, overcomes the curse of failing in first rocket launches.
With this launch, Isro has proved its ability in developing a cryogenic engine, a technology denied to it years ago. It also demonstrates the homegrown vehicle’s capability of casting up to eight tons into low Earth orbit–this is sufficient to carry India’s crew module into space. The rocket’s cryogenic engine has been developed by space scientists indigenously. It will help India get a bigger share of the multi-billion dollar global space market and lessen dependency on foreign launching vehicles.
This rocket will also enable ISRO to launch from India larger communications spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km. Because of the lack of a powerful launcher, ISRO currently launches satellites above 2 tons on European rockets for a greater expense.
Development for the GSLV-III began in the early 2000s, with the first launch prepared for 2009-2010. Various circumstances have delayed the program, including the 2010 failure of the ISRO-developed cryogenic upper stage on the GSLV Mk II. The US sanctions on India in 1992 blocked the country from getting cryogenic engine technology from Russia, and it failed to halt Isro’s relentless effort to develop the rocket and cryogenic engine technologies.
P Kunhikrishnan director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre has said,”Isro has made it a habit of executing complex jobs in the most professional way. It has completed in yet another successful event in Sriharikota.”
He also said that combination for the next launch PSLV C38 is going on in the first launch pad together. “It will be planned in the next half of the month. The next GSLV Mk III will be integrated into the new vehicle assembly coming up which will be three times bigger.”