Indian Space Research Organisation, has finally launched a massive rocket, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III), with 3,136 kg communication satellite GSAT-19 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh.
The launch not only gives India self-reliance in delivering large payloads but will also pave the way for the country to attempt to put astronauts into space. American had gone out of their way to ensure that Russians deny this technology to India . This had happened way back in early 2000. The Russians were simply arm twisted. However not satisfied , the Americans, using their CIA then tried their level best to wreck the entire project of ISRO. Using Kerala Police they fabricated spying case to involve the then Project Director Nambi Naraynan. Aim was to implicate more senior officers too. Fortunately Nambi did not breakdown even under torture.
Thus what ISRO would have achieved 15 years back has been achieved now.
Here are some facts that you might not have known about the rocket:
1. The GSLV MkIII-D1 carried payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and 10,000 kg into the Low Earth Orbit. The rocket was developed for 15 years at a cost of around Rs 300 crore.
2. The GSLV Mk III D1 was a three-stage vehicle with indigenous cryogenic upper stage engine designed to carry heavier communication satellites into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
3. The GSLV MkIII, which was earlier known as Launch Vehicle Mark-III or LMV Mark III, could be India’s first vehicle to ferry people into space.
4. The rocket’s main and bigger cryogenic engine was developed by space scientists indigenously. It will help India get a greater share of the multi-billion dollar global space market and reduce dependency on international launching vehicles.
5. GSAT-19 is be powered for the first time with indigenously-made Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries have been made so that India’s self-reliance quotient can increase. In addition, similar batteries can then be used to power electric vehicles like cars and buses.
6. The 43.43 metre tall, 640 ton rocket, will, just over 16 minutes into its flight, sling the GSAT-19 at its intended orbit at an altitude of 179 km.
7. The satellite, which has a life span of 10 years, also features certain advanced spacecraft technologies including miniaturised heat pipe, a fibre optic gyro, micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometer, Ku-band TTC transponder, as well an indigenous lithium-ion battery.
However the present Govt must ensure that one unfulfilled task of the Nation is completed. Those politicians, IPS officers and others from Kerala Police involved in the CIA plot must be tried and the guilty put behind bar for this National Sabotage.
On the other hand Nambi must be paid Rs 10 lakhs by Kerala Govt forthwith as directed by the Court so many years ago along with 12% penal interest. Also Nambi must be considered for and awarded the Padma Vibhusan for the yeoman service to the Nation.