Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the INSAT-3DR weather satellite using GSLV-Mk II rocket yesterday. On this occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of the tenth flight of India s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F05. The president said this launch has demonstrated, yet again, India’s increasing space capabilities. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questionedAlso Read - Today's Google doodle is all about India's 'satellite man': Here's all you need to know
“I extend my heartiest congratulations and best wishes to you and your entire team at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on the successful launch of GSLV-F05,” Mukherjee said in a message to A. S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO. “I understand this is the first operational flight of GSLV carrying an indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS). This will help study weather patterns as well as support surface-level search and rescue operations,” he said while conveying his greetings to all members of the team of scientists, engineers, technologists and others associated with this mission. A top official of Antrix Corporation Ltd also said that the operationalization of India s heavier rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk II (GSLV-Mk II) opens up more launch service revenue opportunity.
India will also test launch a much heavier rocket GSLV-Mk III with four ton carrying capacity during this December or in January 2017. It is a new vehicle (rocket). The target launch date was December 2016 but there could be slight delay as large number of tests have to be carried out. We will also be taking the opportunity to launch a communication satellite atop the GSLV-Mk II that will be similar to GSAT 11 but slightly small in size, said Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO.