Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will undertake placing heavier satellites on its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) in future as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, S Somnath, PTI has reported.
He said that there was always scope for further improvements in GSLV while announcing that bigger payload compartment would be accommodated in upcoming missions. He added that scientists were ready for the change and make sure that GSLV will remain successful and rugged like the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
Somnath also announced that the GSLV F-11 was an improved version where scientists brought changes in cryogenic stage and the second stage to improve payload capability. This change had resulted in updated engineering specifications and new elements. He mentioned that the recent GSLV was 1.5 metres longer than previous versions.
ISRO chairman K Sivan added that the GSLV -7A satellite was the heaviest launch vehicle with the indigenous cryogenic stage. The second stage loading was increased from 37.5 tons to 40 tons while the cryogenic stage propellant loading was increased from 12 tons to 15 tons.
Mr Sivan also mentioned that the news about cyclone Phethai had given anxious moments to ISRO and thanked the Met team in Sriharikota for handling the matter in a professional manner.
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