The big boy of ISRO: GSLV
What is GSLV?
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle ( GSLV) is an expendable launch vehicle developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation for launching satellites into geostationary orbit. It was designed and developed to replace the aging sounding rocket technology of India with a more sophisticated launcher that could launch heavier payloads into higher orbits than earlier versions of the spacecraft launchers. The first flight test took place on 5 December 1980, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre's pad-4, lifting off in style carrying a 2120 kg scientific satellite S1C towards an unpowered geostationary transfer orbit.
The history of GSLV rocket:
ISRO has successfully flown a number of GSLV rocket launches over the years. The first launch of a GSLV rocket was carried out in February 1981. Since then, GSLV rocket has become a very reliable and successful launch vehicle. The reasons for this are manifold. Firstly, GSLV is remarkably easy to launch. All that is needed is a good launch site and a launch vehicle that is capable of carrying a payload to a high altitude. Secondly, the built-in cryogenic engines enable GSLV to lift payloads of up to 4,000 kg to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Thirdly, GSLV is capable of launching multiple satellites at a time. Finally, the multiple launches that GSLV can conduct in a single outing make it a very cost-effective launch vehicle.
How ISRO has made advancements in GSLV rocket technology:
ISRO has made immense advancements in the technology used in GSLV rockets. Most notably, the cryogenic engines have been upgraded multiple times. Furthermore, the design and construction of the launch vehicle has been refined continuously. Additionally, the formulation of the launch procedures has also been improved over time. In short, ISRO has consistently strived to make GSLV a more reliable and cost-effective launch vehicle. Future prospects for the development and use of GSLV rocket: There are a number of significant future prospects for the development and use of GSLV rocket. Chief among these is the ability to launch heavier payloads. In fact, GSLV has already proved its ability to launch satellites that are significantly heavier than those that are currently being launched. Consequently, it is likely that GSLV rocket will continue to be a very reliable launch vehicle for a long time to come. GSLV rocket is a very reliable and cost-effective launch vehicle that has made significant advancements in its technology over the years. Consequently, it is likely that GSLV rocket will continue to be a very reliable and cost-effective launch vehicle for a long time to come.