India’s Human Flight Space program stepping up
- India’s Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III’s core stage, weighing more than 110 tonnes, was flagged off from the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Mahendragiri, near Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, to Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
- GSLV-III in its experimental mission will haul a crew capsule weighing 3.5 tonnes, devoid of astronauts in the first week of July, and it will return to earth via a parachute.
- It is a replica of the crew module that will be put into orbit in its real mission of sending humans to space which ISRO calls The Human Space Flight program (HFS).
- The rocket will do a passive sub-orbital flight, that is, reach an altitude of less than 100 km, its upper cryogenic stage will not fire, the cryogenic stage would carry liquid nitrogen, which would be inert.
- Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)
- Human Space Flight program (HFS)