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Dec 18, 2014

LVM-3/CARE Mission

The experimental flight of GSLV MK-III designated as GSLV MK-III X, carried Crew module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment (CARE) as its payload. In the GSLV MK-III-X flight active S200 and L110 propulsive stages, and a passive C25 stage with dummy engine are used. The C25 stage uses all flight identical structures and interfaces. The LOX and LH2 tank are filled with Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) and Gaseous Nitrogen (GN2) respectively. The external vehicle configuration is identical to that of GSLV MK-III-D1 which is the generic vehicle configuration. The Payload Fairing and Spacecraft separation systems are also functional. The mission is designed to provide a suitable altitude, velocity and flight path angle to CARE at separation.

Salient Features
Overall Height 43.43 metre
Lift-off Mass 630.58 Ton
No. of Stages 3
Payload CARE


GSLV MK-III X Stages at a glance
Parameter Stages
S200 L110 C25-X
Length (m) 25.75 21.26 13.32
Diameter (m) 3.2 4.0 4.0
Propellants HTPB UH25 & N2O4 LN2 (for mass simulation)
Propellant mass (T) 207 115 15
Stage mass at Lift off (t) 238 125.6 18.3