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India Successfully Launches Heaviest Rocket GSLV Mark-III
Dec 19, 2014

India on 18 December successfully launched its latest generation vehicle GSLV Mark-III, also carrying the Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE). India's most powerful and heaviest rocket GSLV Mark-III was lifted from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota. ISRO also has successfully carried out human crew module experiment. The module separated from the rocket after 325.52 second at an altitude of 126 km and re-entered Earth's atmosphere (about 80 km from sea level). It descended in a ballistic mode and splashed down into the Bay of Bengal, some 180 km. from Indira Point, the southern tip of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The LVM3-X flight with active S200 and L110 propulsion stages and a passive C25 stage with dummy engine, carried CARE (Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment) as its payload.

GSLV Mark-III is conceived and designed to make ISRO fully self-reliant in launching heavier communication satellites of INSAT-4 class, which weigh 4,500 to 5,000 kg. It would also enhance India's capability to be a competitive player in the multi-million dollar commercial launch market.

While the rocket cost ISRO Rs. 140 crore, the crew module has taken another Rs. 15 crore. The 630-tonne GSLV Mark-III carried the 3.65 tonne crew module even as the national space agency is equipping itself for its plan of sending astronauts into space eventually.

The Indian government has not approved any human mission to space presently. Realisation of 42.4 metre tall GSLV Mark-III will help ISRO place heavier satellites into orbit.


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