Sriharikota, Nov 14: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched country’s heaviest rocket – Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III)– carrying 3,423 kg communication satellite GSAT-29 from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.
At 5.08 p.m. the GSLV-Mk III rocket on its second developmental flight commenced its ascent with a strong deep growl that reverberated like a thunder roll breaking free from the second launch pad here at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC).
— ANI (@ANI) November 14, 2018
The 43.4-metre long rocket is about 640 tonnes. It rushed to the blue skies with thick orange flame at its rear.
The GSLV-Mk III with a capacity to carry four-tonne satellite, is a three-stage/engine rocket with two strap-on motors powered by solid fuel.
The second stage is a core liquid fuel booster and the third is the cryogenic engine.
After a successful launch of GSLV-MK-III D2, ISRO Chairman said that “this particular satellite is going to provide services to remote place in India, especially in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast India under Digital India program of GoI”.
He congratulated the entire Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) team for the achievement.