LVM3 (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III)
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What is LVM3?
The Launch Vehicle Mk III or LVM3 refer to Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III or GSLV Mk-III.
LVM3 is configured as a three stage vehicle with two solid strap-on motors (S200), one liquid core stage (L110) and a high thrust cryogenic upper stage (C25).
The overall length of the vehicle is 43.5 m with a gross lift-off weight of 640 tonnes and a 5m-diameter payload fairing.
Solid Rocket Boosters : S200
LVM3 uses two S200 solid rocket boosters to provide the huge amount of thrust required for lift off. The S200 was developed at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.
|Booster Height||25 m|
|Booster Diameter||3.2 m|
|Fuel||205 tonnes of HTPB (nominal)|
Liquid Core Stage : L110
The L110 liquid stage is powered by two Vikas engines designed and developed at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre.
|Stage Height||21 m|
|Stage Diameter||4 m|
|Engine||2 x Vikas|
|Fuel||115 tonnes of UDMH + H2O|
Cryogenic Upper Stage : C25
The C25 is powered by CE-20, India’s largest cryogenic engine, designed and developed by the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre.
|Cryo Stage Height||13.5 m|
|Cryo Stage Diameter||4.0 m|
|Fuel||28 tonnes of LOX + LH2|
|Vehicle Diameter||4.0 m|
|Heat Shield (Payload Fairing) Diameter||5.0 m|
|Number of Stages||3|
|Lift Off Mass||640 tonnes|
List of LVM3 Rocket Launches
|Sl. No.||Title||Launch Date||Launcher Type||Payload|
|1||LVM-3/CARE Mission||July 14, 2023||LVM3||Crew module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE)|
|2||LVM3 -D1/GSAT-19 Mission||Mar 26, 2023||LVM3||GSAT-19|
|3||LVM3 -D2 / GSAT-29 Mission||Oct 23, 2022||LVM3||GSAT-29|
|4||LVM3 – M1 / Chandrayaan-2 Mission||Jul 22, 2019||LVM3||Chandrayaan-2|
|5||LVM3 M2 / OneWeb India-1 Mission||Nov 14, 2018||LVM3||OneWeb Gen-1|
|6||LVM3 M3 / OneWeb India-2 Mission||Jun 05, 2017||LVM3||OneWeb Gen-1|
|7||LVM3 M4 / Chandrayaan-3 Moon Mission||Dec 18, 2014||LVM3||Chandrayaan-3|