ISRO All Set for Yet Another Big Launch

Published: 31st October 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st October 2014 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up for the launch of the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in the first half of December and the launch vehicle is currently undergoing electrical tests, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Thursday.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the three-day ‘Engineers’ Conclave-2014’, which aims to address issues related to emerging space applications and technology for hilly regions. Radhakrishnan said the launch date would depend on weather and progress of preparations. The GSLV, which is designed to carry satellites of 4,500-5,000 kg, will be carrying a crew module weighing 3,650 tonnes, which will be recovered in order to prepare for future manned missions.

Based on the outcome of the experimental flight, the first developmental flight of  GSLV Mk III, with a payload satellite, could be possible in two years. The engineers’ conclave will conclude on Saturday and will have several discussions by noted scientists on topics like early warning systems and communication in hilly areas. 

On Wednesday, a senior ISRO official said the Mars Orbiter was functioning normally after the passing of the comet Siding Springs earlier this month. 

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