Isro’s ‘Bahubali’ falters, casts shadow on manned mission

The stalling of Chandrayaan-2 on Monday due to a leak in the cryogenic engine of GSLV-MkIII has put a question mark over Indian Space Research Organisation’s future missions, including Gaganyaan. The manned mission slated for 2022 and missions to Sun (2020) and Venus (2023) are all dependent on the same rocket which now needs to be fixed.

GSLV-MkIII is called Isro’s ‘Bahubali,’ as it can lift up to four tonnes. The earlier versions of GSLVs and the most successful rocket PSLV can carry much less mass.

Though it took Isro several years to develop GSLV-MkIII, Isro has done only two development flights of the rocket. Read More

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