GSLV Mark III launched from Sriharikota

Sriharikota, Dec 18: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday launched India's heaviest rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the ISRO scientists for successfully launching the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch

Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

The Prime Minister took to twitter to extend his congratulations.

"Successful launch of GSLV Mk-III is yet another triumph of brilliance and hardwork of our scientists,Congrats to ISRO for the efforts," he wrote.

This is the first time that such an exercise has been conducted by the ISRO scientists.

The GSLV Mark III weighs 630 tonnes and is powered by liquid and solid fuel engines while the cryogenic engine at the top is filled with liquid nitrogen.

According to reports, this experimental mission cost Rs. 155 crores, and hasn't carried any other satellite.

Earlier this month, ISRO had placed GSAT-16 in orbit by Ariane 5 rocket, from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. The satellite was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Ariane 5 had also launched the satellite's co-passenger DIRECTV-14 which is aimed at providing direct-to-home television broadcasts across the United States.


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