ISRO Launched Monster Rocket
Indian Defence News: India’s space agency has successfully launched its heaviest rocket on Monday, the 640-tonne rocket blasted off from a launching site of the Bay of Bengal in Sriharikota.
The rocket will reduce the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) reliance on European vehicles to launch heavy satellites.
This Rocket has been compared to the weight of 200 elephants or up to 5 jumbo jets, which truly makes it the most gigantic and significantly huge in air space. Such comparisons highlight the importance of the launch for the country, which is aggressively competing to get a bigger share of the global commercial satellite launch market.
The GSLV Mark III can carry put a payload weighing more than three tonnes into the high altitude orbit occupied by the spacecraft that relay TV, telephone calls and broadband connections But it’s far from being the world’s heaviest rocket because Nasa’s Saturn V, which was used between 1967 and 1973, still holds that record, with total mass at lift-off about four times that of India’s GSLV Mark III.
ISRO is expecting to use this Monster Rocket to carry astronauts to space by 2024, India wants to become the fourth country after the US, China and Russia to send a person into space.
Experts say the successful launch will give impetus to India’s indigenous space programme, this has come after the successful launch of 100 satellites in a single mission and a mission to Mars program conducted by ISRO in the recent past.