The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its most powerful and heaviest rocket yet on Monday (June 5), sending a communications satellite into orbit in a successful debut flight.
Kiran Kumar also said the GSAT-19 satellite's health is normal and it will be raised to its intended orbit in the coming days.
India's space agency prepared Monday to launch its heaviest rocket carrying a communication satellite from a launch pad off the country's southeastern coast.
The President Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO for this historic launch. Nation is proud of this significant achievement. The GSAT 19, with a lift-off mass of 3,136 kg, is the communication satellite of India, an official note said.
The rocket is also capable of placing a payload weighing up to eight tonnes in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), enough to carry a manned module. The launch will be from launchpad no 2 of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Srihari Kota.
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In a way, the launch breaks a major jinx for ISRO, which has over the past three decades, faltered several timesin its first tests, including the GSLV version as well as the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
However, India may not become a serious player in the global communication satellite launch market.
According to ISRO, GSAT-19, with a lifespan of 10 years, is a multi-beam satellite that carries Ka and Ku band forward and return link transponders and geostationary radiation spectrometer. The launch will take place at the Sriharikota space port in Andhra Pradesh.
The three-stage vehicle GSLV-MK III D1 contains the two solid motor strap-ons.
"We did not face any serious test failures while developing the crucial cryogenic engine that powered the rocket", Somanath said. For example, India relied on France's Arianespace to launch heavy satellites.
India hopes the successful launch of the satellite, which weighs 3,136 kilograms (6,914 pounds), will expand its commercial launch business. Successful launch of this missile will ensure a high-tech communication Indian satellite placed in orbit.