GSLV Mark III Nearly Ready For Its New Mission

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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.

Exams Perspective:

  1. Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)
  2. Human Space Flight program (HFS)
  3. Cryogenics
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