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BANGALORE, India - The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has declared that it will launch India’s heaviest, most powerful rocket ever - next month. >BNN

Scientists are ISRO revealed that the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III), that was developed over ten years will be launched at Sriharikota. 

The main and bigger cryogenic engine of the 640-tonne GSLV Mk III has been developed within India, scientists pointed out. 

K. Sivan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), said in a statement, "Our 12 years of labour is expected to bear fruit this June. Preparation for the June launch of GSLV Mk III rocket carrying communication satellite GSAT-19 is on at Sriharikota.”

Originally meant to fly at the end of the month, the rocket GSLV Mk-III is now scheduled to make its maiden voyage during the first week of June.

Sivan noted, “As this is a new rocket, we want to carry out extensive tests and hence there has been a slight change in the launch schedule. The rocket's design carrying capacity is four tonnes. The payload will be gradually increased in the future flights of the GSLV Mk-III.”

Scientists confirmed that the satellite that it will put into orbit weighs 3.2 tonnes and will the heaviest to be lifted by an Indian rocket.

Currently, India has two rockets - the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and GSLV-Mk II - with a lift-off mass of 415 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes.

Earlier this month, the GSLV-Mk 11 was used to launch a communications satellite that the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared was a gift to neighbours in South Asia. 

The South Asia Satellite will offer participating countries television services and communications technology for bank ATMs and e-governance, and may even serve as a backup for cellular networks, especially in places where the terrestrial connectivity is weak.

 

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