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India's space agency is launching a rocket carrying a communication satellite

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Sveva Terracina | 19 Giugno, 2017, 05:20

This mission is quite an important one as it is the heaviest rocket as well as satellite to be launched by India ever.

The satellite is the country's heaviest, weighing at 3,136 kg. In 1993, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ended in the sea on its launch and in 2001, the maiden launch of the GSLV also meet watery grave.

It started with India's launch of a Mars probe in 2014, for less than it cost to make the Oscar-winning Hollywood space-thriller Gravity. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) launched for the first time in its full configuration, lofting the 6,914-pound GSAT-19 to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). "The payload will be gradually increased in future flights", Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director K. Sivan had told IANS.

The rocket will take off at 5:28 pm today evening along with GSAT -19 satellite. NASA and European space agencies are said to charge between Rs 10 crore to Rs 250 crore.

With the launch of GSLV Mark III, India today enters the elite club of the United States, Russia, Europe, China and Japan in launching heavy satellites.

Till now, ISRO had to depend on foreign launchers for communication satellites weighing more than 2,300 kg.


An enormous has been extracted from India's exchequer for the objective.

SLV-3 was followed by the Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV), which facilitated the development and testing of advanced technologies essential for large launch vehicles. It was a four-stage vehicle and all the stages used solid propellants. These in turn monitor and study the nature of charged particles and the influence of space radiation on satellites and their electronic components. According to experts, this feature will also let the satellite beam more data to the ISRO. It carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders.

Nearly 6-7 times more data can be beamed down.

Its payload, the GSAT 19, is configured around the ISRO's standard I-3K bus.

In fact scientists at ISRO suggest that GSAT-19 is just a trailer, the real movie which is the GSAT-11 satellite will go up in a few months and that is a mighty communications platform. As officially scheduled, the rocket will fly to the space sharp at 5.28 pm, 5th June Monday from ISRO's Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, located in Nellore district.

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