All set for GSLV Mark III launch

India’s most powerful launch vehicle – Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III – built to lift the heaviest Indian communication satellites to space, is all set to be launched soon.

With GSLV Mark-III, seen as a “game-changer” mission in space technology, the country can have indigenous launches of bigger satellites without depending on foreign countries.

It can put satellites weighing upto four tonnes in space, double the weight that the current GSLV-Mark-II can lift.

GSLV Mark-III will also enable Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch from India heavier communication spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km. Because of the absence of a powerful launcher, the space agency currently launches satellites above two tonnes on European rockets for a high cost.

“Preparations are going on in full swing…And right now, the cryogenic stage (is) also integrated with the vehicle. The satellite is also getting prepared,” Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director K. Sivan told.

“Maybe in a week’s time, we will be able to assemble the satellite along with the vehicle. We are targeting the launch in the first week of June,” he said.

(Agencies)

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