ISRO Successfully Launches GSLV Mk- III from Sriharikota
The biggest and the heaviest rocket from India to enter space GSLV Mark III was launched successfully by the ISRO today from Sriharikota. India has plans to send humans into space and this is the first baby step towards realizing its ambition to land on the space. ISRO successfully tested the atmospheric re-entry of a crew module after the heaviest launch vehicle blasted off to space from Sriharikota in the morning today.
Soon after the successful launch, Prime Minister Modi tweeted that, “Successful launch of GSLV Mk-III is yet another triumph of brilliance & hard work of our scientists. Congrats to them for the efforts.” The GSLV Mark III took off at 09:30 am and just after 5.4 minutes, the crew module separated from the rocket at an altitude of 126 kms and entered the Earth’s atmosphere in a ballistic mode and plunged down in the Bay of Bengal about 180 kilometers from the Indira Point as planned by the ISRO officials.
The tall cupcake shaped crew module weighed over 3 tonnes and was 2.7 metres tall with a diameter of 3.1 metres. It is made of aluminium alloy internal structure with composite panels and was made to safely land into the sea with the help of specially designed parachutes by DRDO lab Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment in Agra. This is also the largest parachute that ISRO has used so far and the largest ever made in this country. The main parachute that enabled the crew module to safely touch the Bay of Bengal waters at a speed of 7 metres per second was 31 metres in diameter.
Soon after the successful launch of GSLV Mark III, the chairman of ISRO K Radhakrishnan seemed to be very thrilled and said that, “This was a very significant day in the history of Indian space programme for the development of the advanced launch vehicle that could carry a 4-tonne class of communication satellite into orbit.”
He further said that India initiated the development process of this rocket about a year ago and now it has successfully completed its experimental flight of GSLV Mark III which is now renamed as LVM Mark III. The solid stages S200 and the liquid core stage L110 have performed as per expectations. He was also happy to announce that the experimental module of the unmanned crew module to test the reentry characteristics was also successful and splashed as expected into the Bay of Bengal. Radhakrishnan thanked the entire team behind this for the successful launch.