The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is likely to launch the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV) Mark-III in the first week of June. It will be India’s most powerful launch vehicle, built to lift the heaviest Indian satellites to space.
The new rocket is capable of carrying two times more weight into space than its predecessors like the GSLV-Mark-II.
Weighing about 705 tonnes, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-3) is the heaviest rocket the space centre has made. It took over 15 years for the scientists to complete it.
This new rocket is estimated at a cost of around Rs 300 crores.
In February this year, ISRO created a world record after successfully placed 104 satellites in orbit.
ISRO has planned for sending a human crew into space, as soon as the government approves a budget of approximately 3-4 billion dollars. India would then become the fourth country after Russia, US, and China to successfully launch a human space flight program.
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