Prime News, National, Space Technology, Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), November 15:- India on Wednesday put a communication satellite in the orbit with its heaviest rocket and the new space mission is expected to serve the communication needs of people in the remote areas of the country.
The rocket lifted off with a 3,423 kg GSAT-29 satellite, heaviest satellite in Indian history.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Sivan said “It is an important milestone for the Indian Space Programme towards achieving self-reliance in launching heavier satellites.”
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III) is India’s most advanced and powerful rocket.
With its second successful flight, GSLV Mk III will be declared “operational”.
The big tech increment in GSLV is its cryogenic engine, which uses liquefied gases to extract powerful thrust, and its S200 solid core engine which is the world’s third largest.
It was a cryogenic engine that powered Nasa’s Saturn V rocket, which took Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.
The GSLV Mk-III will be used as the launch vehicle for India’s first spaceflight programme scheduled for 2022.(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)