Defence news: More that just fast internet (which we will be getting for sure), GSLV III marks a new start for India. The high thrust indigenous cryogenic engine in it’s first developmental flight opened up the 4 tonne payload market for India to profit from. Cryogenic engine technology has finally been refined by ISRO and adds a valuable capability of hurling up to four tonne payload into higher orbits.
Now Chandrayan II and a manned mission will also be possible as those modules require heavy lift capabilities now made possible with the GSLV III. The GLSV Mark III D1 successfuly placed communication satellite GSAT 19. It lifted off from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 5.28pm. Around 16 minutes after takeoff, the vehicle placed the satellite in the geosynchronous transfer orbit.
ISRO launched its most powerful rocket GSLV Mark III carrying GSAT-19 communication satellite from Sriharikota. The indigenous cryogenic engine CE-20 with its upper stage (C25) ejected the satellite into its orbit. GSAT-19’s propulsion system will be later used for the satellite to reach its geostationary orbital home.It’s a 3 stage vehicle as a whole. This is the first flight of the CE-20 engine, it was in development since 2002. It has gone through 200 tests in the past few years and uses lesser complex technology than the earlier used Russian cryogenic engine.
The Honorable president tweeted “GSLV-Mk III is the heaviest rocket ever made by India and is capable of carrying the heaviest satellites made till date ” While our PM Mr. Narendra Modi tweeted “The GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability. The nation is proud!” and “Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission.”
GSAT-19 will surely help with our internet speeds! A heavy communication satellite like this will enable more data throughput and volume. GSAT-19 also features certain advanced spacecraft technologies including miniaturized heat pipe, fiber optic gyro, Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) accelerometer, Ku-band TTC transponder, as well an indigenous Lithium-ion Battery.