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  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its heaviest launch vehicle, GSLV MkIII-D1.
  • GSLV Mk III is a new, improved and powerful version of the GSLV rockets developed by ISRO.
  • It features an indigenously developed cryogenic engine.
  • GSAT-19 satellite was launched by GSLV Mk III-D1 on Monday, June 05, 2017.
  • GSAT-19 is India’s heaviest satellite till date.
  • It was placed into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
  • It will take about two to three weeks to be placed in its intended orbit.Design and technology
    • ISRO has used indigenous cryogenic engines on earlier GSLV flights
    • However, modeled them mainly on the Russian design.
    • On this latest GSLV no technological element was borrowed or adapted from any other space organization

     Significance and Opportunities

    • The spacecraft is expected to open up a lot of new vistas in the field of Internet and broadband connectivity.
    • It will open up business opportunities for ISRO to launch heavy satellites for foreign customers.
    • It will reduce dependence on foreign space organizations such as Arianespace SA.


    Future Plans of ISRO

    • There are two launches coming up.
    • However, those will happen from Ariane in French Guiana.
    • The first one is scheduled for June 28, is GSAT 18, a 3.3-tonne satellite.
    • The second one is a 5.8-ton satellite.
    • Work is on to launch two approved missions — Aditya-L1 and Chandrayaan-II .
    • The launch is expected to take place in next two years.

What is GSLV MkIII-D1?

All you need to know about GSAT-19 Type of Satellite: Communication Launch mass: 3136 Kg Mission Life: 10 years Launch Vehicle: GSLV Mk III-D1/GSAT-19 Mission Manufacturer: ISRO Owner: ISRO Application: Communication Orbit type: GSO GSAT-19 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders. It carries a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to monitor and study the nature… Continue reading What is GSLV MkIII-D1?

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