Bengaluru: India is getting ready to launch Chandrayaan 3, advancing space exploration. At 2:35 PM, the mission will lift off from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Center on Friday. The countdown has already begun. Amidst this, discussions are underway regarding ISRO’s Bahubali Rocket, which will propel Chandrayaan 3. The 43.5-meter-long and 640,000-kilogram-weighted LV-3 rocket has already completed six successful missions. Let’s learn more about it.
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100% Launch Success Rate
For the launch of Chandrayaan 3, the upgraded Bahubali Rocket, the Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LV-3), has been prepared. It boasts a 100% launch success rate. On Wednesday, the Chandrayaan 3-integrated encapsulated assembly was mated with LV-3 at the Satish Dhawan Space Center. The rocket weighs 642 tons, which is approximately equal to the weight of 130 Asian elephants. Its height of 43.5 meters surpasses half the height of the Qutub Minar (72 meters).
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India’s Heaviest Rocket
Now, the question arises, why was Chandrayaan 3 integrated with LV-3? A robust propulsion system of a rocket generates a lot of energy and exploits the gravitational pull of the Earth to launch heavy items into space, such as satellites.
The LV-3 is India’s largest rocket. Low Earth Orbit, 200 kilometers above the planet’s surface, is where it can deliver payloads (satellites) weighing up to ten tons. Higher orbits like the geosynchronous transfer orbit can be reached using payloads up to 4 tons in weight.
Operates in Three Stages
It is a three-stage rocket consisting of two solid fuel boosters and one liquid fuel core stage. The solid fuel boosters provide initial thrust, while the liquid fuel core stage is used for the upper stage.
Prepared in 14 Years
ISRO took 15 years to develop this rocket. It is the most powerful rocket ever made by ISRO and is used for heavy lift launches.
Also Used in Chandrayaan 2’s Launch
The LVM-3 rocket was previously known as GSLV MK III. It made its first space journey in 2014 and carried Chandrayaan 2 in 2019. In March of the same year, it also launched 36 OneWeb satellites weighing 6,000 kilograms into lower orbits. Last year, in October, LV-3 successfully launched the OneWeb India 1 mission.”
What is Chandrayaan 3?
Chandrayaan 3, the third lunar exploration mission from ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), is a highly awaited initiative. We want to get a better understanding of the Moon and our nearest planetary neighbor via the course of this research. It enhances what Chandrayaan 1 and Chandrayaan 2 accomplished.
Chandrayaan 3 will be equipped with a wide range of scientific instruments to enable in-depth studies of the lunar surface. It aims to investigate the lunar surface’s topography, mineral composition, and presence of water ice. Deepening our understanding of the geology of the Moon and how it has changed through time will also be a top objective of the mission.
One of the key objectives of Chandrayaan 3 is to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface and deploy a rover, similar to the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover of Chandrayaan 2. This will enable close-up observations and collection of valuable data from the Moon’s surface.
Chandrayaan 3’s achievement will help the scientific community as well as open the door for manned trips to the moon in the future. It represents India’s expanding expertise in space exploration and demonstrates its commitment to solving the Moon’s mysteries.
With its ambitious goals and advanced technology, Chandrayaan 3 holds the promise of further unraveling the secrets of the Moon and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge about our cosmic neighbor.
ISRO’s most recent launches
With its most recent launches, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently achieved significant strides in space exploration. One notable mission was the GSLV-F10 rocket’s successful launch of the GISAT-1 (Geo Imaging Satellite-1) satellite. This advanced Earth observation satellite was built to provide real-time images of the Indian subcontinent. It will aid in disaster management, environmental monitoring, and agriculture.
In addition, ISRO launched the EOS-03 satellite, formerly known as GISAT-1, using the GSLV-F10 rocket. This spacecraft can capture detailed images of the Earth’s surface because to its high-resolution camera and advanced imaging sensors. Observing weather patterns, agricultural activity, and natural calamities will be helpful.
Another remarkable achievement by ISRO was the launch of the Amazonia-1 satellite, along with 18 co-passenger satellites, using the PSLV-C51 rocket. Amazonia-1 is the first fully Brazilian satellite designed to monitor deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and other environmental changes in the region. This launch showcased ISRO’s growing collaboration with international partners.
ISRO’s recent launches demonstrate their commitment to expanding India’s presence in space exploration and harnessing satellite technology for various applications. With each successful mission, ISRO continues to push boundaries and contribute to scientific advancements on a global scale.