INDIA TO LAUNCH THE GSLV-MK.2 ROCKET W’ GSAT 14 AS PART OF GSLV-D5 MISSION.
Photo Credit: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO): CLICK for larger size photo and see below for links to stream the launch live and information.
Potentially 3 launches this week leading off with India (Jan 5/This post), SpaceX on deck for Mon (Jan 6) and Orbital Sciences Orb-1 in the hole (Jan 7). All three flights are pretty prominent so they’re all worth watching for sure. Let’s check out the India GDLV-D5/GSAT-14 launch.
At 1048 UTC (0548 EDT) on Sunday, January 5, 2014 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Second Pad, Sriharikota, 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.
GSLV-MK.2 Rocket: 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.
FAIRING – 26 ft. (7.8 meters) tall and 11 ft. (3.4 meters) in diameter.
THIRD STAGE – 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).
SECOND STAGE – Powered by a single GS2-Vikas 4 liquid fueled (Hypergolic – N2O4/UDMH) engine with a burn time of 150 seconds.
FIRST STAGE (CORE) – Powered by a single S139 solid fueled (Hydroxyl Terminated Polybutadiene (HTBP)) engine with a burn time of about 100 seconds.
BOOSTERS – The GSLV uses four L40-H Vikas liquid strap-on boosters with a burn time of 150 seconds.
WATCH LIVE AT:
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO): http://www.isro.org/
ISRO GSLV-D5/GSAT14 Mission page: http://www.isro.org/gslv-d5/d5-updates.aspx
ISRO GSLV-D5/GSAT14 photo page: http://www.isro.org/gslv-d5/Imagegallery/launchvehicle.aspx#0
ISRO GSLV-D5/GSAT-14 pdf brochure: http://www.isro.org/gslv-d5/pdf/brochure.pdf
ISRO GSLV Rocket page: http://www.isro.org/Launchvehicles/GSLV/gslv.aspx
Spaceflight101 GSLV-D5/GSAT14 page: http://www.spaceflight101.com/gslv-gsat-14-launch-updates.html
Spaceflight101 GSLV Rocket data page: http://www.spaceflight101.com/gslv-launch-vehicle-information.html