INDIA TO LAUNCH GSLV-MK.2 ROCKET AS PART OF GSLV-D5 MISSION.
Photo By: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) http://www.isro.org/. At this time I am still searching for live streaming launch sites.
At 1120 UTC (0720 EDT) on Monday, August 19, 2013 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Second Pad, Srihharikota, India; An Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) will be launching the GSAT-14 Communications Satellite as part of the GSLV-D5 Mission. GSLV rocket will be flying in its three stage GSLV-MK.2 configuration.
The GSLV (MK.1 & MK.2) rocket family are medium lift rockets intended to place payloads into geostationary orbits, thus, provide a way for India to become less dependent on other nations to deliver payloads into space. There have been seven launches of the GSLV four were failures, two were successful and one was a near failure with the satellite just barely making it into its necessary orbit. The GSLV-MK.2 rocket has only been flown once (April 15, 2010) and failed at launch when the 1-ICE CE-7.5 third stage cryogenic engine failed to fire.
The GSLV-MK.2 is a 3-stage medium lift rocket that stands 161 ft. (49 meters) tall, has a main body diameter of 9 ft. 2” (2.8 meters) and has a liftoff mass of 457 tons. Very similar to the GSLV-MK.1, the only notable difference is that the MK.2 has an Indian built cryogenic third stage while the MK.1 has a Russian KVD-1M cryogenic engine. India had planned to simply purchase the design for the KVD-1M but the U.S. put pressure on Russia to honor the Missile Technology Control Regime which forced India to create their own indigenously.
BOOSTERS – The GSLV uses four L40-H Vikas liquid strap-on boosters with a burn time of 150 seconds.
FIRST STAGE (CORE) – Is powered by a single S139 solid fueled (Hydroxyl Terminated Polybutadiene (HTBP)) engine with a burn time of about 100 seconds.
SECOND STAGE – Is powered by a single GS2-Vikas 4 liquid fueled (Hypergolic – N2O4/UDMH) engine with a burn time of 150 seconds.
THIRD STAGE – Is powered by a single 1-ICE (CE-7.5) liquid fueled (Cryogenic – LOX/LH2) engine with a burn time of 720 seconds. (“ICE” meaning “Indian Cryogenic Engine” & 1 means that it is the 1st version of it).
FAIRING – Are 26 ft. (7.8 meters) tall and 11 ft. (3.4 meters) in diameter.
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