• The Cabinet on Monday approved the launch of five Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) during 2021-2024 period.
• Called GSLV Programme Phase 4, this continuation of the ongoing GSLV programme would entail total expenditure of ₹ 2,729.13 crore, which would include the cost of five GSLV vehicles.
• The essential facility augmentation, programme management, and launch campaign along with the additional funds required for meeting the scope of the ongoing GSLV continuation programme.
• These rockets capable of launching satellites of 2-tonne categories would be required for providing critical satellite navigation Services, data relay communication for supporting the Indian Human spaceflight programme and the next interplanetary mission to Mars.
• This will also ensure the continuity of production in Indian industry.
• As per the approved plan, up to two launches of GSLV would be carried out per year. The last GSLV — GSLV-F11 – was successfully launched on December 19 last year. The third phase of the GLSV programme would come to an end by 2020-2021.
Mains Paper 3 : Awareness In The Fields Of It, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-Technology, Bio-Technology |
Prelims level : GSLV
Mains level : Isro missions and discoveries