The Real Heroes Behind GSLV Mark III

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Yet another ISRO Triumph: Three Cheers for the Employees’ Efforts on the GSLV Mark III success

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been on a roll for quite some time now and it continued this victorious streak by launching GSAT-19, the heaviest satellite ever, using GSLV Mark III which is the heaviest launcher till date to be developed by the agency. The satellite was placed into the Geo Transfer Orbit (GTO). The launch was executed from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Center in Shar that is situated in Nellore district. With this victory, India has been catapulted into the leagues of space faring countries that have the capability to launch satellites that weigh up to four tons.

According to the scientists and engineers of ISRO, with the successful launch of MK III whose height is equivalent to that of a 12 storey building, India’s dependence on other international agencies for launching heavy satellites into orbits has finally ended. They added that it took 15 years to build this rocket but the result is really worth all the efforts put in.

All the 700 odd employees, who were instrumental in the production of various sub systems of Mark III were invited to witness the launch of the vehicle from Shar. It was definitely a moment of pride for them.

Encouraged by its record that it created with the PSLV rocket, ISRO built this launch vehicle by enhancing the capacities that it had while also developing the cryogenic stage locally. According to experts, PSLV’s S139 solid motor was upgraded to design the S200 strap-on motors for Mark III. The L110 liquid stage of the vehicle comprises of two Vikas engines that were also a part of PSLV.



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