ISRO begins preparations for setting up third rocket Launchpad

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News: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has begun preparatory works for setting up a third rocket Launchpad.

Facts:

About Third Launchpad

  •  It will set up in a coastal hamlet of Kulashekhrapattinam in the Thuthukudi district, Tamil Nadu. 

It is intended to support:

  • increased launch frequency,
  • provide active redundancy to existing launch pads and
  • To support launching requirements of advanced launch vehicles. 

Present Launchpads

  • At present, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has two launchpads at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota Range (SDSC-SHAR).
  • SHAR is situated in an island off Sullurupeta – a small town in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh.