The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its heaviest rocket next month. The GSLV Mark-III is capable of carrying 4 tonnes of payload and will be first-of-its-kind rocket launched by ISRO.
India is aiming to build an economy and system which is less dependent on international launching vehicles and become more self-reliant in terms of space programmes. And it’s not just about self-dependency, launching advanced rockets and space vehicles means a greater share of multi-billion-dollar global space research market. Yet another step, yet another effort by India towards modernisation.
So ISRO is currently able to launch 2.2 tonnes of payload which can be launched into the intended orbit but for anything heavier than that, we rely on foreign launch vehicles. But no more after the launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III in the first week of June. The GSLV MK 3, powered by the cryogenic engine developed indigenously by ISRO scientists, a first; is capable of carrying 4 tonnes of load into space. And this would be ISRO’s most powerful launch vehicle which is already described as ‘game changer’.
Now, to launch those heavy communication satellites into space at a height of 36000 km, we won’t need to pay the big-fat fees we paid till date to European rockets for carrying our satellites. The Mark III satellite will carry the Ka and Ku-band payload (funny names!) 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.
The official launch date is yet to be declared by ISRO but it is expected to be launched in the first week of June. And while India is getting on its feet for science and space research, ISRO is planning to launch a total of 10-12 satellites each year. Much ambition, much energy but the launching of space rockets is no kids-game, it needs a lot of time, man-power, energy and fuel and a hell lot of money. All in the name of science and space – the most mysterious mystery ever. Keep digging into infinity, Earthly humans!