Wednesday, 10 April 2013

ISRO to Launch Heaviest Rocket Ever in 2014

ISRO is planning to launch the heaviest rocket ever in 2014 on an experimental flight, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III).

ISRO is planning to launch the heaviest rocket ever in 2014 on an experimental flight. the later (better too) version of that rocket might be used to human beings on space missions, which would be quite a revolutionary achievement in the space research field for modern India.

The said rocket is likely to touch the sky in next January of the upcoming year. According to some relevant sources the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) might be used to put in orbit communication satellites that are weighing between four to five tonnes. This simply means that this vehicle will eventually pack lots of transponders per launch.

Mr. K Radhakrishnan, the active Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), recently attended a public lecture event at the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in New Delhi. After the event he was talking to the reporters on various topics.

"We are targeting an experimental flight of GSLV-Mk III in January 2014,” Mr. K Radhakrishnan quoted while talking to the press reporters.

This scientific research project has some other highlighting features too, as it will be a very first time that the talented scientists of ISRO would undertake an experimental flight of a launch vehicle. This has to be mentioned here that the flight would eventually fall into deep sea after reaching a substantial height of around 120 km.

The GSLV-Mk III project has been directed by S Somnath, who is a very reputed space scientist of India. "We have been simulating the flight using computers. But there are certain tests that cannot be carried out on the ground. We will test the rocket in a cost effective manner," the director said that while talking about his dream project.

He also provided some key details about the project to give it some sort of light. He said that the engineers of ISRO are working day and night to make the launch successful. The engineers have already planned to take around 2,000 necessary measurements the experimental flight of the GSLV-Mk III. It would weigh 640 tonnes at the time of lift-off, which would surely make it the heaviest rocket ever to be built in Indian soil.

"All the 2000 measurements during the flight would be telemetered down to the ground station. We will analyze them. This will enable us to have full knowledge of the flight," Mr. Somnath explained.
Antrix Corporation, which is the commercial wing of the ISRO, will be able to provide cheapest space launches in the market of its category due to the help of this new rocket, as it could be able to put a four ton satellite in orbit with ease if everything goes well.

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1 comment:

  1. Good to know that Indian Space program will soon have the capacity to handle heavy payloads with the lift-off weight ranging around 640 tonnes. It is obvious that ISRO is attempting to become more self-sufficient which is very much appreciated. I would however like to learn more about launch/mission control facilities that ISRO currently has because often times ISRO relies on international organizations for tracking needs. Here's my simulation-based analysis of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System: