Around 5.28 pm today, Isro, India’s premier space agency, will try to tame a rocket as heavy as 200 full-grown Asian elephants.
Standing tall on the rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III), is the heaviest rocket ever made by India.
If all goes on well in a decade or after a slew of at least half a dozen successful launches, this rocket could be India’s vehicle of choice to launch Indians into space, from Indian soil using Indian rockets.
It’s really a monster and it’s weight is equivalent to five fully loaded boeing jumbo jets.
“It is an important event as we are putting our communication satellite from our own soil,” ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said.
ISRO have plans of hoisting 2-3 member human crew in to space as soon as government sanctions 3-4 billion dollars
“We are pushing ourselves to the limits to ensure that this new fully self-reliant Indian rocket succeeds in its maiden launch,” Kumar added.
In principle, it will be the GSLV Mk-3 or its variant that will be human rated in future,” Kumar confirms.
In Feb India broke a record by launching 104 satellites in to orbit
This is just the beginning of ISRO’s grand plans.In 2008 ISRO launched only two PSLV but in 2016 it launched six. In 2020 organisation targeting 18
One reason it’s cheaper to launch with ISRO than in the U.S and Europe
ISRO also saves money with its organisational efficiency