ISRO Launch 36 Satellites: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) created another history on Sunday. ISRO’s LVM3 rocket took off at nine this morning carrying 36 satellites of British company OneWeb.
ISRO chief credits LVM3 rocket for successfully launching 36 satellites in one go. He has said that the LVM3 rocket is suitable for Gaganyaan. It has performed very well so far. Significantly, the LVM3 rocket (formerly Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle Mk III), is the heaviest launch vehicle ever built by the Indian Space Research Organisation.
LVM3-M3 compatible with Gaganyaan (ISRO Launch 36 Satellites):
ISRO Chairman S Somnath, while addressing the scientists at the Mission Control Center after achieving this success, said that the LVM3 rocket was fitted with S200 motors similar to the launchers required for the Gaganyaan mission.
He said that this rocket (LVM3-M3) also has S200 motors which are designed with increased margin and characteristics. It is compatible with the Gaganyaan configuration. The ISRO chief said that we are happy that it has performed very well in this mission.
He further said that many more improvements have been made to this rocket, which are aimed at making it human-rated in other stages and systems as well. I am very happy to see the progress being made in the direction of the Gaganyaan mission as well.
The chandrayaan-3 mission may be launched in the fourth quarter of 2024:
Significantly, ISRO has planned to launch the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the Moon in June of next year. Under this, a team of three members will be sent to an orbit of 400 km for a three-day mission in the Gaganyaan mission. The mission is targeted to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2024.
ISRO chief gave information about future missions:
Speaking about future missions, ISRO chief Somnath said that our scientists are preparing for the commercial launch of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in April. He said that we are getting ready for the next launch campaign soon. Hence, Satish Dhawan Space Center Sriharikota is going to be quite functional for subsequent launch missions.
Thanked the center (ISRO Launch 36 Satellites):
During this, the ISRO chief also thanked the central government. He said that on this occasion I thank our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) as well as the government for supporting us in making the launch vehicle available for commercial launch.
Also, he said that this was made available at very short notice (72 days). He said the approval for Sunday’s mission has boosted the confidence of scientists as the GSLV Mk III rocket will also fly in the Gaganyaan mission.
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