ISRO Gets One Step Closer To Chandrayaan-2 With GSAT-29 In The Orbit
India’s hustle in the domain of space technology is certainly something to admire. The constant struggle in the throttling competition from around the world has done nothing but motivated ISRO to come up at the top once again with the best news possible. Putting the country on the world map for space missions, our very own governmental space agency got another feather in its cap when it recently leaped closer to one of the most anticipated missions yet, the Chandrayaan-2.
With the successful placing of another communication satellite high up in the orbit, on 14th November ISRO landed a crucial achievement with the rocket GSLV-MkIII. This invention is slated to launch two of the most highlighted missions in the next 4 years - Chandrayaan-2 and the human space mission. GSLV MkIII-D2 placed GSAT-29 in a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) 17 minutes after the lift-off from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 5.08 pm. Using the onboard propulsion system, it is expected to place the satellite in the final geostationary orbit.
“With the successful launch, we have completed the developmental flights of GSLV MkIII.” The first unmanned mission will be in December 2020. There will be one more unmanned mission before the manned mission. The manned mission is planned for December 2021,” says ISRO Chairman K Sivan.
According to his statement, 90% of the activities in the mission has been carried out by the industry for both the satellite and the launcher. Also, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre director V Narayanan said that the cryogenic engine in this mission has performed “exceedingly well.” The communication satellite weighs more than 3,000 kgs and has been designed to perform for a lifespan of 10 years. With inventive technologies like Q and V band payload, data transmission through an optical communication link, it’s a proud moment for the country to witness.
Speaking to IANS, Sivan said: "The GSat-29 satellite orbit was raised successfully. There will be no more orbit raising activity. The satellite will drift gently to its final position." He also said that the satellite's antennas were deployed and now they’re only waiting for more good news to come by.
"Everything is fine with the satellite," said a cheery Mr Sivan.
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