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ISRO WORKING ON REUSABLE GSLV Mk-III LAUNCH VEHICLE

ISRO WORKING ON REUSABLE GSLV Mk-III LAUNCH VEHICLE

Context:

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working on technologies in order to develop a reusable Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) to enable the vertical landing of its rockets. According to senior officials, this possibility is being checked primarily about the heavy-lift rocket GSLV Mk3, which is powered by 3 stages of engines - solid-fuel, liquid-fuel, and cryogenic fuel.

About the Technology:

  • With this technology, ISRO aims to recover the 1st and 2nd stages of the launch vehicle.
  • The development of a reusable GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle will help ISRO is saving money as well.
  • It will help ISRO to land its GSLV Mk-III launch vehicles vertically.

GSLV Mk III:

  • It is also referred to as the Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (LVM3).
  • It is a three-stage medium-lift launch vehicle developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • It is primarily designed to launch communication satellites into geostationary orbit.
  • It is also identified as the launch vehicle for crewed missions under the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme and dedicated science missions like Chandrayaan-2.
  • It has a higher payload capacity than the similarly named GSLV Mk II.

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