GSLV MK-III launch
Inching closer to achieving its ambition of manned space flights, Isro
successfully conducted the experimental launch of an unmanned crew
module onboard India’s latest generation launch vehicle GSLV MK-III from
Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Shar, Sriharikota, on Thursday.
of the heaviest launch vehicles developed by Isro, GSLV Mk-III,
weighing about 630 tonnes, took off majestically as scheduled at 9.30 am
Incidentally, it was also an experimental launch for GSLV MK-III, which is designed to carry 4-tonne class satellites.
this experimental flight, Isro intends to study the atmospheric reentry
characteristics of the crew module, which weighs over 3 tonne, is
2.7-metre tall and has a diameter of 3.1 metres, as well as the
performance of the rocket during its suborbital flight.
experiment is crucial, since the success of the rocket will put an end
to Isro’s dependence on space agencies abroad for launching heavy
had another experimental module in this mission, unmanned crew module
just to understand the reentry characteristics, that also worked
extremely well and splashed down in the Bay of Bengal as expected,” Isro
chairman Dr Radhakrishnan said after the launch.