ISRO launches new GSAT-19 communication satellite into space
Following the launch, engineers at Isro said their technology development programme will continue.
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle lifts off from the southern Indian island of Sriharikota on June 5.
India’s new GSLV Mk.3 launcher delivered to orbit the GSAT 19 communications satellite Monday, and these photos show the rocket lifting off from a launch pad on the eastern Indian coastline powered by two side-mounted solid rocket boosters. Over two decades are a long time to develop the technology when there were some Russian engines to be re-engineered.
On ISRO’s unique feat, Godrej Chairman Jamshyd Godrej said India was progressing towards self-reliance in space technology, with 100 per cent propulsion systems, designed and developed indigenously by the state-run and private enterprises.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is now upgrading the Satish Dhawan space centre’s facilities so that the GSLV Mk3 can enter full operation in a few years. The Mk-III can launch satellites weighing up to four tonnes, which nearly doubles India’s current launch capacity. It can also provide launch services to makers of heavy satellites, and pursue its own big projects, like manned flight, space stations and lunar and planetary missions bigger than Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan.
The GSLV Mk III draws its inspiration from ISRO’s vision to make India self-reliant in launch vehicles. It is important to connect areas which have no fiber optic internet backbone using this satellites.
Currently, India has just 0.6 percent of the worldwide launch services industry.
“With the success of the mammoth 640 ton GSLV-Mk III (D1), its second developmental flight of GSLV-Mark III -D2 is planned for Jan next year”, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director Dr K Sivan told TOI on his return from Sriharikota on Tuesday.
The rapid development of ISRO from its humble beginnings, launching of small sounding rockets to study the magnetic equator from Thumba, near Thiruvananthapuram, to launching of lighter satellites into predetermined orbits from Sriharikota posed a threat to the near monopoly of the U.S. and the European Space Agency in the business of multibillion dollar commercial rocket launch vehicles.
“We also suppled 18 aero structures and fuel tanks for ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission, launched on November 5, 2013, from the spaceport, the statement added”.