In the big league

Print edition : July 07, 2017

The GSLV MkIII being moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building of the Second Launch Pad to the launch platform for the June 5 launch at Sriharikota. The vehicle has two S-200 strap-on motors, which hold 200 tonnes each of solid fuel, strapped to the core L-110 liquid stage. Above the liquid stage sits the cryogenic stage (black colour) followed by the ogive-shaped payload fairings in which the satellite is enclosed. Photo: ISRO

The GSLV MkIII, carrying the GSAT-19 communication satellite, taking off from Sriharikota on June 5. Photo: M. PRABHU

The fully built cryogenic engine, which forms part of the cryogenic stage of the GSLV-MkIII D1. It was developed entirely indigenously at LPSC, Valiamala, near Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A.S. Kiran kumar, Chairman, ISRO. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

India’s successful maiden launch of its heaviest launch vehicle, built entirely indigenously to put into orbit its heaviest satellite yet, signals ISRO’s arrival on the global stage for developing cryogenic engines for launch vehicles.

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