The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its go-ahead for the continuation of Phase 4 of Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Continuation Programme.
- The approval from the government for GSLV Continuation Programme Phase – 4 will enable the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch satellites weighing 2 tonnes.
- The programme will cost 2729.13 Crores.
- This includes building five GSLVs, expenses for essential facility augmentation, Programme Management expenses, and Launch Campaign expenses.
- Also, additional funds to meet the current ongoing GSLV Continuation Programme is included.
Benefits of the Programme :-
- The programme will fulfil the launch requirements of satellites that provide essential navigational and communicational services.
- It also supports the Indian Human Spaceflight programme and the upcoming second Mission to Mars.
- Also, the programme will enable production continuity for the Indian industry.
Programme Strategy :-
- As per the programme, two satellites per year will be launched and ensures that maximum participation is by the Indian industry.
- From 2021-24, all the operational flights will be completed.
- With the development of GSLV, the country became self-reliant in launching 2 ton class satellites.
- By further continuing the programme, the capability of the Indian industry will be strengthened.
- It will help in launching satellites for national needs such as next-gen navigational satellites and satellites for interplanetary missions.
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- GSLV enabled the country to put in space 2 tonne class of satellites in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
- GSLV Continuation Programme helped in mastering the highly complex cryogenic propulsion technology an essential technological capability to launch communication satellites to GTO.
- This further led to the development of high thrust Cryogenic engine for the next generation launch vehicle – GSLV Mk-lll.
- GSLV has so far put in orbit 10 national satellites with the last successful launch of GSLV-F11 on 19th December 2018.