What sort of planetary mission capabilities does it have?
Does anybody know if the X1 mission of the GSLV Mk-3 is still set for 2013?According to ISRO's launch schedule the PSLV C-25 is to lift off from the second launch pad in october, the second launch pad normally has a 3 month turn round time for launches so i suspect GSLV-3 has slipped into 2014.
Hmm, those pictures look quite old. I remember seeing them some months after the most recent failure of GSLV-Mk2.
Quote from: Star One on 01/08/2013 05:39 pmWhat sort of planetary mission capabilities does it have?GSLV Mk 2 and GSLV Mk3/LVM3 have capability to deliver nearly 2300 kg and 4000 kg respectively in EPO.
Quote from: antriksh on 01/08/2013 06:12 pmQuote from: Star One on 01/08/2013 05:39 pmWhat sort of planetary mission capabilities does it have?GSLV Mk 2 and GSLV Mk3/LVM3 have capability to deliver nearly 2300 kg and 4000 kg respectively in EPO. Thanks for that info. Hoping it will be ready in time for their second Mars mission.
I believe that everything will depend on GSLV Mrk II success... isnt it? Because, I believe many systems are the same for both. So any Mrk II delay will definitely affect Mrk III too.
Is ISRO so secretive about its work because it is never realistic about its launch schedules and needs to keep on postponing? Most schedules are never met. The initial announcement is made with a lot of fanfare and media glare. Then as the dates keep slipping there is total silence. Now that ISRO has commercial interest in its launch markets, it needs to learn to be more professional and set realistic schedules and stick to them.
As Steve said, we don't really have a high rate of launch. But hornbill2007, ISRO isn't really secretive about its schedules. Antrix has been operating for sometime now, and they're doing pretty well in terms of revenue generation for ISRO. You don't get there by being shoddy to work with. i.e. I'm sure there's a free flow of timeline (and other necessary) information with their customers.The difference is that, in India, there's hardly any emphasis on proactive, public disclosure of information. So they don't bother making press-releases, or updating their websites. I'm sure if someone called up Antrix, and managed to speak to an officer and listed press as the reason for request, they wouldn't turn you down.Edit: And, as has been pointed out - the reasons for the delay are numerous. You could say, though, that they track back to two primary causes : our position on the technology maturity ladder, and the second being shoestring budgets.