Chennai, July 22: Setting in place India's bid to return to the moon, the Indian space agency's heavy lift rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), carrying the 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport on Monday afternoon.At exactly 2.43 p.m., the Rs 375 crore GSLV-Mk III rocket began its ascent into space from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) here.
Here are the LIVE updates as India gears up for the historic moment:
- ISRO successfully launches Chandrayaan-2.
-Four minutes to launch.
-Final countdown begins.
-Principal scientific advisor K Vijaya Raghavan, former Isro chairpersons Radhakrishnan and Kiran Kumar are present at the mission control centre.
-ISRO set for launch
-Filling of Liquid Hydrogen in Cryogenic Stage(C25) of GSLVMkIII-M1 completed
-Two hours to go !!! Filling of Liquid Oxygen in Cryogenic Stage(C25) of GSLVMkIII-M1 completed and Filling of Liquid Hydrogen is in progress
-Filling of Liquid Hydrogen for the Cryogenic Stage(C25) of GSLVMkIII-M1 commenced
-Less than five hours for the launch !!! Filling of Liquid Oxygen for the Cryogenic Stage(C25) of GSLVMkIII-M1 commenced
Here's all you wanted to know:
The GSLV-Mk III rocket with Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was originally scheduled for flight at 2.51 a.m. on July 15. However, the flight was postponed after a technical snag was detected an hour prior to the rocket lift-off.
The ISRO later rectified the fault in its 44-metre Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III). Weighing about 640-tonne, the GSLV-Mk III rocket is nicknamed 'Bahubali' after the hero of a successful film of the same name.
Just like the protagonist of the film lifted a heavy Lingam in one of its scenes, the rocket will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.
About 16-minutes into its flight, the Rs 375-crore GSLV-Mk III rocket is expected to sling the Rs 603-crore Chandrayaan-2 into its 170x40400-km orbit.
ISRO has sent up three GSLV-Mk III rockets so far. The first carried Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment in December 2014. The second and third GSLV-Mk III carried communication satellites GSAT-19 and GSAT-29 in February 2017 and November 2018 respectively.
GSLV-Mk III will also be used for India's manned space mission in 2022.
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