Thursday, December 18, 2014
LVM3-X Launch Successful
GSLV Mark-III was launched successfully on its maiden experimental test flight, carrying the Indian crew capsule on a suborbital flight trajectory:
The crew capsule was also tested, successfully returning and re-entering into the atmosphere, and deploying its parachutes before finally splashing down into the Bay of Bengal near the Andaman Islands:
As can be seen, the crew capsule was found quite un-charred, as it only experienced less than half the heat flux that would have been experienced on re-entry from orbit.
Furthermore, the twin S200 solid boosters did underperform slightly, due to slower-than-expected rate of burn, which means ISRO will have to correct for this in the future.