ISRO launches India’s heaviest Satellite.

  • On 5th June ISRO Successfully launched the communication satellite G-19 into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) which is at altitude of 179 kms Above the earth.
  • The GSLV-Mark III, or the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III was used to launch the satellite. It took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • GSLV mark III has the double capacity if compared to previous GSLV mark II in terms of carrying load capacity.

About GSLV mark III

  • India’s GSLV MkIII rocket is an upgraded version of the country’s GSLV rocket. The new version stands 141 feet tall (43 meters) and weighs 705 tons (640 metric tons) at launch liftoff.
  • The height of this shorter than previous carrier but the load carrying capacity is just the double of GSLV mark II.
  • the new version is 200 tons heavier and can deliver satellites weighing up to 8,818 lbs. (4,000 kilograms) to a geostationary transfer orbit.
  • Its first stage is made up of two straps of motors with solid fuels in it.
  • The second and core stage is filled with liquid fuel.

Benefits of this Mission

  • The successful launch of GSAT -19 will pave away for launch of GSAT-11 a heavier communication satellite into space.
  • Now India does not need to pay huge amount of money to foreign space agencies for launching 4 tonne satellite.

GSAT-19

  • The monster rocket which has been launched recently weighs as much as 200 elephants.
  • It lifted a mass of  3136kgs of satellite in space.
  • It features advance spacecraft technologies such as Micro-Electro-Mechanical system, heat pipe, fiber optic gyro etc.
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