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ISRO GSAT-19 satellite launch live updates: GSLV MK III successfully puts satellite in orbit

The GSLV MK III-D1 rocket carrying the GSAT-19 satellite will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 5.28 pm. It is capable of carrying payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and 10,000 kg into the Low Earth Orbit.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2017 5:59 pm
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The Indian Space Organisation (ISRO) on Monday  launched one of its heaviest communication satellites, the GSAT-19. The launch vehicle, GSLV MK III-D1, became the heaviest rocket to be used till date.

ISRO GSAT-19 satellite launch live updates:

5.55 pm: That is all from us today. Thank you all for joining us for the launch. Congratulate our ISRO scientists in the comments below.

5.49 pm: Here is a video for those who missed the launch.

5.45 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO on its success. “Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission,” PM Modi tweeted.

President Pranab Mukherjee also congratulated the ISRO scientists. “Heartiest congratulations to ISRO on the historic launch of GSLV-Mk III. GSLV-Mk III is the heaviest rocket ever made by India and is capable of carrying the heaviest satellites made till date. The nation is proud of this significant achievement,” Pranab Mukherjee tweeted.

5.42 pm: Today is a historic day, we have successfully been able to put the satellite into the orbit. In its maiden flight, it has successfully managed to put the GSAT-19 in orbit:  ISRO chairman Kiran kumar

5.40 pm: The payload has successfully separated from the GSLV MK III-D1. ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar is making a statement.

5.35 pm: We are now 11 minutes into the launch. As things stand, all parameters appear to be normal so far. The rocket is heading in the right trajectory.

5.32 pm: About 5.45 we will know whether this launch has been successful or not. The mission has now entered its final stage, the cryogenic stage. ISRO is hoping to use this rocket as launch vehicle for manned missions in the future.

5.30 pm: The solid motor strap-ons have been disengaged. The vehicle now is in the second state, where the liquid propellant core will kick in.

5.28 pm: ISRO breaks the first launch jinx, we have a lift off. The rocket appears to be going in the right trajectory.

5.27 pm: We don’t want to jinx this, but when ISRO first launched the PSLV it ended in failure in 1993. The GSLV launch in 2001 also met with the same fate.

5.25 pm: We are just minutes away from the satellite launch. The GSLV-Mk III is capable of launching satellites weighing up to 4,000 kg to the Geosynchronous Transfer orbit (GTO). It is a three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons, a liquid propellant core stage and a cryogenic stage.

5.20 pm: India has come a long way from the 60s where we saw ISRO use different launch vehicles — SLV, ASLV, PSLV and GSLV — down the years. The latest GSLV MK III-D1 stands as tall as 12-storey building i.e 43.39 m long.

5.15pm: We are now seeing visuals from inside the mission control room where the directors are checking various parameters of the GSLV.  Vehicle director confirms vehicle preparedness of the mission.

5.10 pm: The GSLV Mk III-D1’s indigenous cryogenic upper stage engine allows its to carry heavy satellites into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. If successful today, India will have a single communication satellite that is equivalent to having six to seven satellites of older variety.

5.05 pm: Earlier the GSLV MK III was used to test ISRO’s orbital vehicle. The space organisation succeeded in  the Crew module Atmospheric Reentry experiment. The test vehicle splashed down in the Bay of Bengal as planned.

5.00 pm: Before ISRO developed the heavy-lift GSLV MK III-D1, they relied on foreign players to launch some of its heavier satellites. The GSAT-18, which weighs 3,404 kg, was launched from Ariane, French Guiana.

4.55 pm: Hours before the launch, ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said the mission was important as “it was the heaviest-ever rocket and satellite to be launched from the country”.

The rocket carrying the GSAT-19 satellite lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 5.28 pm. The GSLV MK III-D1 is capable of carrying payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and 10,000 kg into the Low Earth Orbit.


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    Jun 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm
    Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisations (CCGGOO), All India DRDO Technical Officers ociation (AIDTOA) & All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) congratulate the entire ISRO fraternity for successful launch of GSLV Mk III- D1 and placing communication satellite GSAT-19 into a precise orbit. Though the US sanctions on India in 1992 prevented the country from getting cryogenic engine technology from Russia, it failed to halt ISRO’s relentless effort to develop indigenous rocket and cryogenic engine technologies. Compared with the two-member crew capacity of the GSLV, the Mk-III can carry three astronauts and have more space to carry out experiments. The next developmental flight, therefore, will be crucial. CCGGOO, AIDTOA & AIPSN wish all the ISRO officers & employees success in all their future endeavours.
    1. R
      Jun 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm
      Congrats, our Indian Scientists. I am so proud to be an Indian.
      1. B
        Bimlesh yadav
        Jun 6, 2017 at 12:08 am
        Congratulations to ISRO for your great achievements .....from....Bimlesh
        1. S
          Jun 5, 2017 at 11:07 pm
          To make such a launcher takes decades. It is very close to this capability to the Ariane-5. To launch a man into space with even a smaller rocket is easy to do not forget Russia did this on 12th April, 1961. Yes the Chinese with a much more primitive rocket placed a man in space after buying old 1960s capsules from Russia during the period of Yeltsin. The truth is China to this day does not have such a launcher. In fact the Indian Mars mission proved the sophisticated capability of our space program. Also the European Space Program which is way ahead of China has shown no interest in manned flights. Much propa a on China is done by the U.S. Jewish media, since China and Jews are allies. Thanks to our brilliant and nationalistic leaders who initiated this project, thank our scientists and thank the USSR-Russia for this. Jai Hind!
          1. P
            priyanshu raj
            Jun 5, 2017 at 10:24 pm
            Heartily,congratulations to all dedicatedISRO members ,we proud on our scientists to make DIA a great nation in field of space ,for successful launch of GSLV MKIII Satellite.....
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