Next Month, India will be attempting to launch its heaviest and most powerful rocket. For more than 10 years the 640-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) has been worked on.
Sivan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), told news agency IANS that, "Our 12 years of labour is expected to bear fruit this June. For the June launch preparation of GSLV Mk III carrying communicating rocket’s satellite GSAT-19 is on at Sriharikota."
Within India the notable aspect of this rocket is that the main and bigger cryogenic engine has been developed, at the Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO the scientist have said.
At the end of the month the rocket was originally meant to fly. Mr. Sivan said that, "As it is a new rocket, we want to carry out the extensive tests and hence there has been a slight change in the launch schedule."
According to the Mr. Sivan, the GSLV Mk-III will make its maiden voyage during the first week of June.
The satellite that it will put into orbit weighs 3.2 tonnes and will the heaviest to be lifted by an Indian rocket.
Presently India has two rockets- GSLV-Mk II and the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), with the lift mass off of 415 tonnes and the capacity carrying of 2.5 tonnes.
The GSLV-Mk 11 was used to launch a communications satellite earlier this month that Narendra Modi Prime Minister has gifted for sharing to South Asia neighbours. The South Asia Satellite will offer participating countries television services and communications technology for bank ATMs and e-governance, and may even serve as a backup for cellular networks, especially in places where the terrestrial connectivity is weak.