GSLV Mark-III-X: Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III-X
GSLV Mark-III-X was in news recently because Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 18 December 2014 launched it successfully from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
GSLV Mark-III-X is the heaviest rocket (630 tonnes) of India, which was launched on an experimental mission along with human Crew module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment (CARE). It was launched with an aim to check its atmospheric stability with luggage of around four tonne and to study re-entry characteristics of the crew module.
In the experimental mission, the crew module separated itself from the rocket at an altitude of 126 km for re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. Crew module, in the process of re-entry into earth’s atmosphere, was controlled by 3 parachutes which helped it to splash safely into the Bay of Bengal off Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Further, the crew module was successfully recovered by the Indian Coast Guard near Indira Point, the southernmost point of India.
When: on 18 December 2014