INDIA’S NEW HEAVY LIFT ROCKET; GSLV MKIII & CREW CAPSULE READY FOR TEST FLIGHT

 

GSLV MKIII

Image Credit & Copyright: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) of GSLV MK-III rollout.

What a month it’s been for bigtime launches! Let’s keep our foot on the gas!

LAUNCH ALERT: On Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 03:30 UTC (09:00 Sriharikota time which is UTC +5:30) (22:30 EST on the 17th) the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be conducting a sub-orbital test launch of their future heavy lift rocket; the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, Mark III (GSLV MK-III). The launch, designated (X-1 or GSLV MK-III X) will be from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, India. This test is also believed to include India’s first prototype crew capsule known as the “Crew module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment” (CARE).

The prototype separate from the launch vehicle at T+325 seconds at an altitude of 126 km (77.67 mi.) with the main chute opening at 15 km (9.3 mi.) and splashdown in the Bay of Bengal.

THE ROCKET: ISRO’s new GSLV MK-III is a three stage rocket that stands 42.4 m (139.1 ft.) with a liftoff weight of 630 tons. The GSLV MK-III rocket will be the country’s heavy lift rocket designed to launch INSAT-4 class communication satellites which range from 4500-5000 kg. (9,220.8-11,023 lbs.). This will also serve to place the nation firmly on the map for the growing commercial launch market with a total lift capacity of 4 tons to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

PAYLOAD FAIRING: The PLF is a two-shell fairing design that’s 5 m (16.4 ft.) in diameter and can accommodate a payload of 100 cu m. (3,531.4 cu ft.).

CRYOGENIC THIRD STAGE: The 3rd stage is powered by a single C25 engine that uses Liquid Oxygen (LOX) as the oxidizer and Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) as fuel.

SECOND STAGE: The second stage is what would normally be called the core stage as it is the main body of the rocket. It’s powered by a single L110 re-ignitable liquid fueled engine carrying 110 tons of propellant.

FIRST STAGE: The first stage is comprised of two S200 Large Solid Boosters (LSB’s) each with 200 tons of solid propellant.

India Space Research Organization (ISRO): http://www.isro.org/

ISRO Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ISRO

ISRO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISRO

ISRO Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV MK-III): http://www.isro.org/Launchvehicles/GSLVMARKIII/mark3.aspx

ISRO GSLV-MKIII images: http://www.isro.org/gslv-mkiii-x/Imagegallery/launchvehicle.aspx

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