In a big boost to the country’s space programme, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave the financial approval of Rs 10,911 crore for the launch of 30 PSLV and 10 GSLV Mk III rockets + in the next four years.
“With the Cabinet approval of Rs 4,338 crore for 10 launches of Isro’s heaviest rocket GSLV Mk III (Isro’s fat boy) in the next four years, we will be able to launch heavier satellites weighing over 4 tonnes.
PSLV has emerged as a versatile launch vehicle to carry out Sun-Synchronous Polar Orbit (SSPO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and low inclination Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions.
It is the first Indian launch vehicle to be equipped with liquid stages.
With the recent successful launch of PSLV-C41, PSLV has completed three developmental and forty-three operational flights and the last forty-one flights have been successful.
The operationalization of PSLV has made the country self-reliant in the launching capability of satellites for earth observation, disaster management, navigation and space sciences. The PSLV Continuation programme will sustain this capability and self-reliance in the launching of similar satellites for national requirements.
About GSLV Mk III rockets:
GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy-lift launch vehicle developed by ISRO. The vehicle has two solid strap-ons, a core liquid booster, and a cryogenic upper stage.
GSLV Mk III is designed to carry 4 ton class of satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which is about twice the capability of GSLV Mk II.
This is India’s first fully functional rocket to be tested with a cryogenic engine that uses liquid propellants — liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.