Indian space agency ISRO will build its third rocket launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, informed Minister Jitendra Singh today.
In a written reply to a star question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh said: “Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) proposes to set up a new launch pad, referred as third launch pad, at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.”
The third launch pad is inevitable in view of the increase in frequency of ISRO satellite launches which are expected to be 10 this fiscal year. Besides, it requires pads for future advanced launch vehicles and also serve as a redundant launch pad for the GSLV MIII rockets.
The minister informed the House that detailed studies on possible concepts or options and preliminary configuration have been carried out by the centre, which is currently repairing the glitch in IRNSS-1D set for launch this month end.
The possible site for the third launch pad has already been identified with safety distances and maximal utilisation of existing launch pad facilities at the space launch station in Andhra Pradesh.
Currently, the centre is finalising the configuration of the advanced launch vehicle, operationalisation of geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV MIII) rocket, programmatic requirements and resource availability, before taking up the task of the third launch pad here.
The Sriharikota station currently has two rocket launch pads to launch GSLV class rockets and polar satellite launch vehicles (PSLV).