Sriharikota (AP), Nov 14: Buoyed by the success of the GSLV MkIII-D2/GSAT-29 mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was having a busy schedule ahead as it was gearing up for ten more launches including Chandrayaan-2, in a span of two months (by January 2019), besides two unmanned missions ahead of its human space mission in 2022.
Talking to reporters after India's heaviest launch vehicle GSLV MkIII-D2 entered the operational phase when its second developmental flight successfully injected the advanced communication satellite GSAT-29 in the desired orbit on Wednesday, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said ISRO was working on realising ten missions before January 2019.
The immediate task on hand was the launch of PSLV-C43 in two weeks time from the SHAR Range, he added. He said with two successive launches, the GSLV MkIII has completed the developmental phase and entered the operational phase, he added.
About the successful mission, he said ''I am extremely happy to declare that our heaviest launcher of India in its second mission GSLV MkIII-D2 launched the heaviest GSAT-29 satellite from the Indian soil and after its majestic travel of about 16-17 minutes, it precisely injected the satellite into the GTO.''
He said this mission was very important for the GSLV MkIII programme as well as the GSAT satellite series, because this was the second successive mission for the GSLV MkIII launcher.
''This clearly showed that the heaviest launcher of India completed its developmental flight stage and entered the operational phase along with other launch vehicles--GSLv MkII and the PSLV'', he added.
Dr Sivan the first operational phase mission of GSLV MkIII would be none other than the Chandrayaan-2 mission in January next year. He said the same launch vehicle would be used for the human space mission that would take place in 2022.
He said prior to the manned mission, ISRO was planning two unmanned space missions as part of it, with the first one scheduled to take place in December next year. About the iconic Chandrayaan-2 mission, ISRO officials said the Orbiter, Lander and the Rover to be carried in the mission were under various stages of development.
While the Orbiter would orbits the moon surface, the Lander, which was undergoing qualification tests, would be dropped on to the moon’s surface and the Rover would motor on the moon’s surface to conduct experiments. (UNI)