The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its most powerful and heaviest rocket GSLV Mark III from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) was launched along with a communications satellite GSAT-19.
Former ISRO Scientist, Nambi Narayanan said, ‘We are glad on its launch. It is a three stage vehicle and has four tones of capability and post 10 tonnes in lower orbit. It’s is a big milestone for all of us, we also wish more clients to come’.
ISRO Chief Kiran Kumar also lauded his entire team who worked on the project. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed ISRO for the historic achievement.
A successful launch of this rocket is yet another major step towards being self-reliant in the country’s space programme.
The rocket, carrying 3,136-kilogram weighed GSAT-19 communication satellite, will place it a distance of 36,000 km from earth.
The rocket’s main and bigger cryogenic engine has been developed by space scientists indigenously. It will help India get a greater share of the multi-billion dollar global space market and reduce dependency on international launching vehicles.
The rocket was developed for 15 years at a cost of around Rs. 300 crore. Dubbed by the scientists as the “Monster Rocket”, it has the capability to launch satellites as heavy as 4 tonnes, i.e. 4000 kilograms.
Currently, India has to take the help of foreign countries if it wants to launch communication satellites beyond 2.3 tons.