GSLV-MK III ISRO’s heaviest launch. All you need to know
8GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle developed by ISRO
7It’s the heaviest rocket that ISRO will be launching.
6GSLV Mk III took over 15 years to complete and costs over Rs. 300 crore.
5Development of the GSLV Mk III began in early 2000s, with the first launch planned for 2009-2010. Several factors had delayed the programme, including the April 15, 2010 failure.
4The vehicle has two solid strap-ons, a core liquid booster, and a cryogenic upper stage.
3GSLV Mk III is designed to carry 4000 kgs class of satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 1000 kgs to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which is about twice the capability of GSLV Mk II.
On its maiden launch, GSLV Mk III will put a 3136 kg satellite in the orbit.
2The C25 is powered by CE-20, India’s largest cryogenic engine, designed and developed by the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre.
1The GSLV-Mk II cryogenic engine’s propellant volume is 12 tons while that of GSLV- Mk III is 27 tons. The rocket is expected to carry Indian astronauts into space. The Indian space agency has already developed critical technologies for a human space mission.
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