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GSLV – Mark III test launch scheduled for December 18: Isro

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has scheduled its first experimental suborbital flight on December 18.

Isro today officially announced the launch date adding that the flight planned will carry active Solid boosters, Liquid core stage and a passive Cryo stage.

This will be the first experimental suborbital flight of India’s latest generation Launch Vehicle- GSLV Mk-III, carrying Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE). The flight will take off Isro’s space station Sriharikotta, near Chennai.

This will be the test launch for Isro’s heaviest and upgraded rocket – Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV – Mark III). The rocket will also carry a crew module to test its re-entry characteristics.

Earlier M Y S Prasad, director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR – Sriharikota said “the main purpose of the mission to test the atmospheric characteristics and stability of the rocket on its way up. We also decided to use this opportunity to test one component of – crew module — human space mission that India may embark at a later date.”. Cost of this experimental mission is Rs 155 crore.

“This will be India’s new launch vehicle. It is bigger and can carry satellites upto four tonne,” added Somanath, project director, GSLV Mark III said.

According to Prasad, this rocket will not have the critical cryogenic engine for putting four tonnes satellites into Orbit.

“The cryogenic engine is under development and it will take more two years to be ready,” said Prasad.

As the other rocket engines are ready, Isro decided to have this mission and the crew module will not carry any living being and it is only for study purposes, Isro clarified.

The 630 tonne rocket will go upto 126 kms and then crew capsule will be detached and it will fall in Bay of Bengal, after 20 minutes of blast off.

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