Isro successfully launches indigenous cryogenic engine-powered GSLV-D5
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved another milestone on Sunday as it successfully launched the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV-D5 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The advanced GSAT-14 communications satellite that the rocket was carrying has also been placed into orbit.
‘I am happy to say that Team ISRO has done it,’ ISRO chief Dr K Radhakrishnan said after what was a make-or-break launch for the space agency owing to two earlier failures. The Rs. 350-crore mission marks India's entry into the multi-billion dollar commercial launcher market on a fully indigenous large rocket. ISRO said the GSLV-D5 will be operational after one more test. ISRO has now become the sixth space agency in the world after US, Russia, Japan, China and France to have tasted success with an indigenous cryogenic engine.
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh also congratulated the ISRO for the launch. ‘PM congratulates the scientists and engineers of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV D5 carrying GSAT-14 payload,’ his office tweeted.
For over 20 years, the cryogenic technology was denied to India by Russia under pressure from the US.