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  • India Successfully Launched its Heaviest Rocket GSLV Mark III

    India Successfully Launched its Heaviest Rocket GSLV Mark III

    India today successfully launched its first ever heaviest rocket the 630-tonne, three-stage Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mark III) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.

    The vehicle also carreied the 'Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE). The mission will take the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO a step closer to sending astronauts to space.

    GSLV Mk III is conceived and designed to make India fully self reliant in launching heavier communication satellites of INSAT-4 class, which weigh 4500 to 5000 kg. It would also enhance the capability of the country to be a competitive player in the multimillion dollar commercial launch market.

    As per the plan, soon after the lift-off at Sriharikota, ISRO would study the flight validation of the complex atmospheric flight regime of LVM 3 and would also test the ability of the CREW module to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere with thermal resistance, parachute deployment in cluster formation, aero braking system and apex cover separation procedures.

    The CREW module would be separated from the rocket about 325.52 seconds after the lift-off at 126.16 km altitude. The specially made parachutes would help the module 'soft-crash' in the Bay of Bengal, some few hundred km from Indira Point in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which would later be fetched by Indian Coast Guard ships.

    The MkIII will also test the recovery of a dummy crew module from sea. The success of the module will be the core for a future Human Space Project.

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