India plans to launch next month its most powerful rocket that is capable of transporting a heavier 4-tonne communications satellite and described as a “game-changer” in the first of its kind space mission.
Aiming for a greater share of the multi-billion dollar global space market and to reduce dependency on international launching vehicles, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said today it is hoping to launch the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV) Mark-III in the first week of June.
In yet another major step towards being self reliant in the country’s space programme and tap into opportunities in the global marketplace, the Indian Space Research Organisation will launch GSLV Mark III-D1 with a payload of four tonnes on June 5.
“As on today, ISRO has the capability to launch payloads of up to 2.2 tonnes and anything above that it had to tap Ariane or other launch facilities. This will be a significant move from us,” the ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space, AS Kumar, said.
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III is a gamechanger capable of launching 4-tonne category of satellites from Sriharikota. It packs an Indian cryogenic third stage and higher payload as against the current GSLV.
Kiran Kumar said, “Over the years, ISRO has developed a number of technologies towards indigenisation and self reliance, and the capability of developing efficient lithium ion batteries is one such area which we can share for further development.”
“We have developed technologies which help batteries run for up to 10-12 years and even more. This learning can be shared with entrepreneurs for commercialisation and come out with cost effective batteries for use in electric vehicles and other applications.” he said.Speaking at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, the ISRO chief said: “ISRO handled more than 151 missions that have been completed. These include 88 satellite programmes and 59 satellite launch vehicles.”
“The launch of 104 satellites on a single mission earlier this year demonstrated our space technology capability,” he said.
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