ISRO’s Launch: Heaviest Rocket That Could Carry Indians Into Space
The Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO will be launching its heaviest rocket from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on June 5 at 5 pm, and if the launch becomes successful, the organization will come a step closer to ferry Indian astronauts into space.
The 640-ton monster rocket, known as Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, is powered by all new indigenous cryogenic engine. This solely ISRO’s project was started by the organization 15 years ago and it costs around 300 crores.
“The success of GSLV Mark III will usher a new era for self-reliance in the context of launching our own four to four-and-a-half ton satellites for geosynchronous missions,” said Dr. Kasturirangan, former chairman at ISRO.
The rocket is of the size of a 13-storied building. If everything goes as per the plan, the ISRO will seek a whopping Rs 12,500 crore funding from the Centre.
The ISRO has been home to pioneering projects and the state-of-the-art technology. In the past, the organization had successfully completed many projects that served as a testament to the fact that ISRO is blooming as a powerful leader in the given field.
The ISRO is already up and going with the space suit, and a crew module was tested in 2014. However, even after the organization gets approval for the project, it will take the ISRO seven years to take Indian astronauts into space. Also, the first person to fly could be a woman.