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Sriharikota: India's most powerful launcher ever, GSLV Mk-III being rolled out from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad for its Experimental Flight, at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. PTI Photo

Sriharikota: India's most powerful launcher ever, GSLV Mk-III being rolled out from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad for its Experimental Flight, at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. PTI Photo

India takes step towards manned space mission, tests crew
module
Sriharikota (AP), Dec 18 (PTI) Taking its baby steps
towards realising India's ambition to send humans into space,
ISRO today successfully tested the atmospheric re-entry of a
crew module after its heaviest launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III
blasted off from here.
Exactly 5.4 minutes after lift off at 9.30 AM from the
Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, the
module separated from the rocket at an altitude of 126 km and
re-entered Earth's atmosphere (about 80 km from sea level).
It descended in a ballistic mode and splashed down into
the Bay of Bengal, some 180 km from Indira Point, the southern
tip of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The LVM3-X flight with active S200 and L110 propulsion
stages and a passive C25 stage with dummy engine, carried CARE
(Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment) as its payload.
Weighing over three tonnes, the 2.7-metre tall cup cake
shaped crew module with a diameter of 3.1 metres, which
features aluminium alloy internal structure with composite
panels and ablative thermal protection systems, was made to
safely drop down into the sea by specially-made parachutes
from Agra-based DRDO lab Aerial Delivery Research and
Development Establishment.
The experiment also witnessed the largest parachute in
action ever made in the country. The main parachute, which
helped the crew module touch the waters at around 7
metre/second speed, was 31 metres in diameter.
Soon after the successful test flight, a delighted
ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said, "This was a very
significant day in the history of Indian space programme for
the development of the advanced launch vehicle that could
carry a 4-tonne class of communication satellite into
orbit." PTI