Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 5 :
The successful launch of India’s heavier rocket – the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle-D5 (GSLV-D5) – Sunday not only means the indigenous cryogenic engine has performed well but would also pave way for sizeable savings for the country in launch costs.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Radhakrishnan told IANS the country pays around $85-90 million (around Rs.500 crore) as launch fee for sending a 3.5-tonne communication satellite whereas the GSLV rocket costs around Rs.220 crore and the GSAT-14 launched Sunday around Rs.145 crore.
ISRO can send smaller communication satellites – weighing around two tonnes – till such time it gets ready an advanced GSLV variant that can lug satellites weighing around four tonnes.
Radhakrishnan also said ISRO has lined up several satellite launches for the current GSLV rocket version.
“We will be launching satellites GSAT-6, 7A and 9 using GSLV. We will also be using this rocket for our second Chandrayaan mission and for the launch of GISAT,” he said.
PM CONGRATULATES ISRO
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of the Indian GSLV D5 rocket carrying a communication satellite.
“Prime Minister congratulates the scientists and engineers of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV D5 carrying GSAT-14 payload,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.
“It is yet another important step that the country has taken in the area of science and technology,” the tweet further said.
The rocket successfully lifted off from the Sriharikota spaceport Sunday afternoon.
The Rs.365 crore launch mission has a twin purpose — to flight-test the cryogenic engine designed and built by the ISRO, and to put in orbit the GSAT-14 communication satellite.