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GSLV rocket now taller, heavier

India’s geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV), scheduled to blast off on Monday with an advanced communication satellite (GSAT-5P), is now taller by two metres and heavier by four tonnes as compared to its standard configuration. The Indian Space Research Organisation’s standard
configuration for the GSLV rocket is a height of 49 metres and 414 tonnes in weight at lift-off.

The rocket that would lift off Monday stands 51 metres tall and weighs 418 tonnes.

PS Veeraraghavan, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, told IANS: “This time the fuel quantity for the cryogenic engine has increased and its thrust power has also gone up. The rocket will be carrying a heavier satellite (GSAT-5P) weighing 2,310 kg.”  Read Full Story From Publisher

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