• 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.


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