India plans to launch a carrier rocket with increased lifting capacity

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Indian space research organization (ISRO) is planning a June 5 launch of the carrier rocket GSLV-Mk III D1 satellite with a mass of 3.2 tons, said Director of ISRO Kiran Kumar.

Earlier it was planned that the launch will take place in may, but then it was moved to the beginning of June. In an interview with Times of India, Kumar said that the launch scheduled for June 5.

«After more than 200 tests that we conducted on the various components of the rocket with increased lifting capacity, we are planning to hold the launch of this new media on 5 June,» said Kumar.

The rocket, which will orbit communications satellite GSAT-19 weight 3.2 tons, developed in the framework of ISRO to increase the capacity of Indian carrier rockets. Now a series of rocket GSLV is capable of leading to the geostationary orbit satellites weighing about 2.5 tons. The rocket will be applied to the cryogenic stage of the Indian development. In February of this year, on a rocket of this series have already been tested cryogenic stage of the Indian production.

Kumar said that type rocket GSLV-Mk III could «theoretically» be used for manned missions, but noted that while ISRO has not received final government approval, it will not begin work on a manned mission.

«Our key priority is national request for orbit insertion of a larger number of communication satellites, remote sensing satellites and navigation satellites. So we focusareas to increase our launch capabilities as in geostationary orbit and low-earth orbit and to make our launches cost-effective», — said the head of ISRO.

He noted that the GSLV-Mk III can put into geostationary orbit a satellite weighing 4 tons, and low earth satellite weighing 8 tons.

As previously stated by Kumar in the course of the year will be held another launch of this model rocket on the basis of the results of which ISRO will work to go to their regular use. Successful start of operation of the new booster will allow India to get rid of dependence on other countries for launch into orbit cargo mass exceeding 2.5 tonnes.