ISRO successfully launches 'GSLV Mk III'

The Indian space Research Organisation successfully launched India’s heaviest rocket- ‘GSLV Mk III’ from Sriharikota on Thursday, as its next step towards putting a man in space.

‘GSLV Mk III’, which is the heaviest launch vehicle ISRO has ever made, lifted off from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 9.30am. “We have completed the first experimental test-flight of GSLV Mk III. The performance of solid and liquid propulsion stages happened as expected. The crew module has plunged into the sea. The next developmental flight of the launch vehicle will be done in the next two years,” ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said.

The GSLV’s integral cryogenic engine phase was in a passive state and the suborbital test-flight was conducted mainly to test the flight validation of the launch vehicle and its new telemetric systems, apart from the atmospheric reentry pattern and thermal resistance of the module during the Crew Module Atmosphereic Re-entry Experiment (CARE).