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ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan announced to launch GSLV Mark-III in 45 days

Oct 16, 2014 15:44 IST

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan on 16 October 2014 announced that the Indian space agency will launch GSLV Mark-III within next 45 days. This launch of ISRO is one of the most awaited launches of 2014.

GSLV Mark-III will facilitate launch of four-tonne class of communication satellites to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. This launch of communication satellites will benefit all sections of the society, including remote and far-flung areas of the country.

The announcement was made by Radhakrishnan from the Mission Control Room in Sriharikota after the successful launch of IRNSS 1C.

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Apart from this, another communication satellite GSAT 16 with 48 transponders will be launched on board Ariane 5 from the French Guyana in December 2014. ISRO would launch the next in the IRNSS series IRNSS 1D in December 2014.

GSLV-III or Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III
The GSLV-III or Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III is a launch vehicle being developed by the Indian Space Research Organization. GSLV Mk III is conceived and designed to make ISRO fully self reliant in launching heavier communication satellites of INSAT-4 class, weighing 4500 to 5000 kilograms. It would also enhance the capability of the country to be a competitive player in the multimillion dollar commercial launch market. The vehicle envisages multi-mission launch capability for GTO, LEO, Polar and intermediate circular orbits.

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