GSLV Success Puts India In Elite Club - The New Indian Express

GSLV Success Puts India In Elite Club

  • The 49 metre (161 ft) tall launch vehicle which can carry a weight of 415 tonnes. It is divided into three-stage vehicle which are solid, liquid and cryogenic. PTI Photo
  • The successful launch was a milestone for the troubled GSLV platform. Mission after mission had failed in the past. After the last failure on December 25, 2010, ISRO made design changes to ensure it would be vindicated for the three-year gap till the next mission. PTI Photo
  • ISRO Chairman Radhakrishnan at the press conference after India successfully launched rejuvenated indigenous cryogenic engine- fitted GSLV-D5 carrying communication satellite GSAT-14 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (ISRO) at Sriharikota. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar
  • “The Indian cryogenic engine has performed as expected and has injected GSAT-14 into orbit precisely. This is the culmination of 20 years of hard work and three-and-a-half years of excruciating efforts,” chairman K Radhakrishnan said, before paying tribute to former ISRO chairmen and staff who had struggled to get cryogenic technology right. PTI Photo
  • The success with the cryogenic technology is also a major boost to ISRO’s plans to develop a high-thrust cryogenic engine for the GSLV-Mark III, the more powerful variant which the space agency is developing. ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan announced that the first experimental flight of the GSLV-Mark III would be launched in a matter of months. (Photo: A Raja Chidambaram)
  • Further, the success of the GSLV-D5 holds great significance for future missions. Primary among this would be Chandrayaan-2 moon mission, which would need the GSLV. (Photo: A Raja Chidambaram)
  • The success not only places critical space technology in ISRO’s hands, but has also given it a launch vehicle platform that has significantly expanded its abilities and opportunities. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar