First-flight testing of GSLV MK-III in April: ISRO chief

The first flight testing of GSLV MK-III rocket, which will put heavier satellites in space, is likely to be carried out in April, the ISRO on Wednesday said.

ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said scientists are working hard in developing the satellite and expressed hope that its first flight testing would take place in April.

Addressing nearly 650 delegates at the 16th National Space Science Symposium (NSSS) hosted by the Saurashtra University here, Radhakrishnan said human presence in solar system is the next logical step in space research, which is a very challenging job because of high expectations.

On January 24, ISRO had successfully conducted the static testing of GSLV Mk III's Solid Propellant Booster Rocket Stage, S200, at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The testing of the liquid stage is expected later this month.

He said it is ISRO's dream to send human beings to the moon. "We are pursuing this dream."


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