Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) just launched Heaviest Rocket GSLV Mk III successfully also known as “Fat Boy”.
India’s most powerful homegrown rocket to date was launched by ISRO from the coast of Sriharikota at 5.28 pm.
“The nation is proud!,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter as he congratulated ISRO on the successful launch.
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India’s ‘Fatboy’ Facts:
– The GSLV is a three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons, a liquid propellant core stage, and a cryogenic stage.
– Weighing nearly 640 tonnes or about 200 adult elephants.
– GSAT-19 is a communications satellite that will improve internet speeds in the country.
– Development of the GSLV Mk III began in the early 2000s, with the first launch planned for 2009-10.
– ISRO scientists took nearly 15 years to master the cryogenic technology powering the rocket which uses liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen as propellants.
– GSLV Mk III will place the heaviest Indian communication satellite, the Gsat-19 into the geo orbit.
– GSLV-Mk III-D1 is the first developmental flight, carrying 3136 kg GSAT-19 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
– The LVM3 will aim to reduce dependence on other countries as India has been using expensive European rockets to launch its heavier satellites weighing in at two tonnes.
– For the first time, there will be no transponders on the satellite.
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