ISRO successfully launches GSLV MK III-D1 rocket carrying the GSAT-19 satellite

The rocket has the capability to carry a payload as heavy as 4,000 kg and put in into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. It can also carry a 10,000 kg payload and put in into the Low Earth Orbit.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2017 8:47 pm
ISRO, heaviest rocket GSLV-MkIII D1, communication satellite GSAT-19, Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, Low Earth Orbit, Crew module Atmospheric Reentry The 43.43 metre tall rocket lifted off at 5.28 pm from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and launched the 3,136 kg GSAT-19, the heaviest satellite to be launched from the country.

The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday launched the GSAT-19 satellite, one of the heaviest communication satellites, with the GSLV MK III-D1 rocket. The rocket became the heaviest to be launched by the Indian space agency ever with the heaviest single payload put in orbit as well.

The rocket lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota at 5.28 pm. The rocket has the capability to carry a payload as heavy as 4,000 kg and put in into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. It can also carry a 10,000 kg payload and put in into the Low Earth Orbit.

A jubilant Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said it “is a historic day” and the the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (MkIII D-1) has successfully demonstrated its capabilities with the injection of GSAT-19 into the desired orbit.”It is a great success in the first maiden attempt and GSLV MkIII has successfully put in orbit GSAT-19 which is a next generation satellite,” Kumar said.”I wish to congratulate the entire team which has relentlessly worked each day for today’s launch from 2002,” he added.

The launch marks another success for India’s space agency that has made record-setting launches during the past year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on today’s launch success. “Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission,” PM Modi tweeted.

Kudos came from President Pranab Mukherjee as well. He tweeted: “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.”

ISRO has plans to use the rocket for manned missions in the future. The rocket is a three-stage launch vehicle which has two solid motor strap-ons, a liquid propellant core stage and a cryogenic stage. The rocket is 43.39 metre in height which is roughly the height of a 12-storey building.

Today’s GSLV mission is significant for India as ISRO had been depending on foreign launchers for orbiting communication satellites weighing more than 2,300 kgs.  The GSLV MkIII-D1 is capable of lifting payloads or satellites weighing upto 4,000 kgs into the GTO and 10,000kgs into the Low Earth Orbit. It was a textbook launch as every stage of the three-stage GSLV MkIII with indegeneous cryogenic engine performed well.

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          rajan
          Jun 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm
          The politicians are ever interested in taking the credit for India's scientific achievements yet whatever heights ISRO has scaled are inspite of them. The moment India lands on any extra terrestrial body, the first thing our saffronites will attempt is build a Ram Mandir there & if possible find a Babri Masjid for Demolition. After all, how can they thrive without creating Rift.
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            Suresh M
            Jun 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm
            Murthy has a point. ISRO's press releases are never to be trusted as they carefully hide any problems unless they are obvious. For instance, sometime back I noted that there was an INSAT-4CR in orbit. Why "4CR" I wondered? A search revealed that there was a launch vehicle malfunction due to which INSAT-4C did not reach its orbit. Fuel had to be used to get the satellite to its proper orbit as a result of which, the life of the satellite was less than scheduled. So, INSAT-4CR was sent up as a replacement. There's nothing wrong with failure. But to hide it is silly. The less said about the Indian press, the better. All of them take the ISRO press handout as given and rarely go further. Not surprisingly, the above information cannot be found on any Indian (to the best of my knowledge). ISRO's own is con uously silent: : www.isro.gov /Spacecraft/insat-4cr The information that I used for my post is from here: : space.skyrocket.de/doc_sda
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              David
              Jun 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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