ISRO’s GSLV rocket takes navigation satellite into transfer orbit successfully

Source: The post is based on the article “ISRO’s GSLV rocket takes navigation satellite into transfer orbit successfully” published in The Hindu on 30th May 2023

What is the News?

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully placed the NVS-01 navigation satellite, weighing about 2,232 kg, into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F12. Subsequent orbit-raising manoeuvres will take NVS-01 into the intended Geosynchronous orbit.

Note: The GSLV-F12 is the 15th flight of India’s GSLV and the 9th flight with an indigenous cyro stage. This is the 6th operational flight of GSLV with an indigenous cryogenic stage.

About NVS-01

The NVS-01 carried navigation payloads L1, L5 and S bands. For the first time, an indigenous atomic clock was flown in NVS-01.

NVS-01 is the first in the series of five satellites. ISRO will have to complete the navigation satellite constellation by launching four more NVS series satellites.

Read more: ISRO’s new NavIC satellite launches successfully: Why a regional navigation system matters to India

About the future plans of ISRO

a) ISRO is planning to launch weather satellite INSAT-3DS on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), b) ISRO is working on designing a new rocket that can carry much higher luggage and also upgrading the LVM3 rocket to lift up to 5.5 ton from the current 4 ton capacity, and c) In the upcoming months, the ISRO will also test the crew escape systems for the Gaganyaan project rocket.

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