In what would be the game changer, ISRO is launching it’s most powerful rocket which is capable of transporting a 4 tonne satellite. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III is expected to be launched by the ISRO in the first week of June.
This would add to the country’s self reliancy and is expected to bring more foreign exchange since India offers one of the cheapest rates in satellite launch. “GSLV Mark-III is our next launch.
“We are getting ready. All the systems are in Sriharikota. The integration is currently going on,” ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said. He further added “The whole process of assembling the various stages and then integrating the satellite into the heat shield, these activities are going on. First week of June is when we are targeting this launch”.
This launch is almost the double of Indian rockets current capacity which is pegged at 2.2 tonnes. Presently India is opting for heavier launches through European rockets for a big fee. The GSLV Mark-III will have Indian Cryogenic third stage and would carry Ka and Ku-band payload along with a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer. The lithium ion batteries which were developed specifically for this purpose would be used.
The satellite would study the nature of the charged particles and influence of space radiation on spacecraft, Once this is successful, India would join the list of very few nations who has this capability and technology.