The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has scheduled the launch of the most powerful satellite for today evening i.e. June 5.
Nicknamed as ‘Fat Boy’, ISRO is all geared up to launch its most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV-Mk III).
The rocket will be launched from a launchpad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Successful launch of this missile will ensure a high-tech communication Indian satellite placed in orbit.
The rocket will deliver the 3,136-kg GSAT-19 communications satellite at an altitude of around 179 km after just over 16 minutes into its flight.
Here are the few major highlights of GSLV-Mk III-D1
- If launched successfully, ‘Fat Boy’ will be the heaviest satellite into orbit by an Indian rocket till date. It weighs around 640 tonnes.
- The rocket is also capable of placing a payload weighing up to eight tonnes in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), enough to carry a manned module.
- The multi-beam satellite will carry Ka and Ku band forward and return link transponders and also geostationary radiation spectrometer.
- If successfully launched, GSLV-Mk III will pioneer India’s intention to send manned missions. Currently, only US, Russia, and China are capable of sending manned missions into space.This rocket is worth an estimated value of Rs 400 crore.
- An enormous has been extracted from India’s exchequer for the purpose. ‘Fat Boy’ is worth an estimated value of Rs 400 crore.
- The first flight will carry GSAT-19 satellite, which is aimed at boosting and enhancing telecommunication and broadcasting sectors.
- To reach its final state today, a total of 11 flights and over 200 tests were conducted for the successful making of the rocket, which took nearly 25 years to become what it is today. ‘
- Fat Boy is India’s maiden fully functional rocket which will be tested with a cryogenic engine. Liquids like liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen will be used for the purpose.
- GSLV-Mk III is a three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons (S200), a liquid propellant core stage (L110) and a cryogenic stage (C-25).