- ISRO’s heaviest rocket LVM3 will launch British start-up OneWeb’s 36 broadband satellites from the spaceport in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on October 23, marking the launcher’s entry into the global commercial launch service market.
- LVM3 was earlier called GSLV Mk III. The launch of ‘LVM3 – M2/OneWeb India-1 Mission’ is scheduled at 0007 hours IST on October 23 (midnight of October 22), the Bengaluru-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
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- On October 22, India’s heaviest rocket is all set to make its grand entry into the global commercial launch service market.
In its very first commercial mission, the GSLV-Mk III will launch the British startupOneWeb’s 36 broadband satellites from Sriharikota spaceport.
- The launch was made official by way of a contract signed by the Indian Space Research Organisation’s commercial arm, the NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
- The rocket, GSLV-MK III is 43 meters tall and even though it is the heaviest among India’s operational launch vehicles, it is also the shortest.
- GSLV-Mk III weighs 641 tonnes, which is equal to the weight of five fully loaded passenger planes.
GSLV Mk III – Engines & Boosters
- 2 Vikas Engines powers the Core Stage. These engines are developed by Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre of ISRO.
- S 200, 2 Solid Boosters are used to give the GSLV Mk III a huge thrust. S 200 was developed at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Trivandrum.
- The Upper stage is known as the cryogenic stage (C-25). This stage is powered by CE-20, the largest Cryogenic Engine built by ISRO. Cryogenic engines are a very complex technology that has been developed by very few countries.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB