Defence News: ISRO is preparing it’s most powerful GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) mark III rocket for a liftoff in June 1st week. If everything goes as planned, it can place a 4 tonne communication satellite in orbit.Currently under integration, it is for the first time that India will be able to place satellites of above 2.2 tonnes in orbit. Earlier, India could only send 2.2 tonnes of payload into space with the current rockets at hand.
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ISRO Aiming higher:
ISRO is aiming for a greater share of the multi-billion dollar global space market and reduce dependency on foreign launching vehicles. Successful launch of this rocket will be yet another major step towards being self-reliant in the country’s space programme. The ISRO currently has the capability to launch payloads of up to 2.2 tonnes into earth orbit and anything beyond that had to be accomplished through foreign launch.
“GSLV Mark-III is our next launch. We are getting ready. All the systems are in Sriharikota. The integration is currently going on,” ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said. “The whole process of assembling the various stages and then integrating the satellite into the heat shield, these activities are going on. First week of June is when we are targeting this launch,” he continued.
GSLV Mark III is also about range:
Not just the payload but the GSLV Mark III will also give India the range and ability to place Indian crew vehicle into space. This is because GSLV M3 features an Indian cryogenic third stage and a higher payload capacity than the current GSLV. India has plans to send men into space although ISRO has not embarked on overly ambitious space race with any country. ISRO seems focused on commercially viable projects within budget constraints. This should enable ISRO to establish itself firmly and enable it to practically develop technologies on a need by need basis.
The payload this time:
GSLV mark 3 will be carrying a 4 tonne satellite this time. The satellite would carry Ka and Ku-band payload along with a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to monitor and study the nature of the charged particles and influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.
Space technologies are for the poor, contrary to what misinformed foreign press thinks:
ISRO has been instrumental in bringing telecommunication, media, weather forecast, disaster management, networking and other technologies to the common man. This has come to be as a boon despite what foreign media keeps uttering about spending the money on poor. In fact the money spent in space technology has directly and indirectly benefited poor farmers, fishermen and common people and not so much the elite. ISRO has paid for itself many times over, just by saving millions of lives by disaster alerts and management, food output increase due to IRS satellites, making the farmer and fishermen in their quest for better productivity and other direct and indirect benefits. Not to forget many spin off technologies and products it created.
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