Countdown begins for launch of GSLV Mark III D-1


The launch of the ISRO's rocket took place at 5:28 pm from the Second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

India on Monday scripted history as it successfully launched its heaviest rocket GSLV MkIII-D1 carrying communication satellite GSAT-19.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its rocket GSLV Mark III on Monday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been promoting the home-grown space programme as a demonstration of low-priced technology and in February it launched 104 satellites in a single mission, a lot of them for foreign customers.

On 2 June, the Mission Readiness Review Committee and Launch Authorisation Board had cleared the countdown for GSLV Mk-III D1/GSAT-19 mission.

Nellore: From the days of launching sounding rockets in the 1960s, India has travelled a long and hard path to launch heavy launch capability with the GSLV Mk III rocket and achieve self-reliance in satellite launch vehicle technology.

Antrix, ISRO's commercial arm, has charged about $3 million to send a satellite into space in recent years, far less than private companies.

"I wish to congratulate the entire team which has relentlessly worked each day for today's launch from 2002", he said.

The three-stage vehicle GSLV-MK III D1 contains the two solid motor strap-ons.

The GSLV-MkIII is a three-stage vehicle created to carry heavier communication satellites into GTO.

Nicknamed as "Fat Boy", ISRO is all geared up to launch its most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV-Mk III). Currently, only US, Russia, and China are capable of sending manned missions into space.This rocket is worth an estimated value of Rs 400 crore.

President Pranab Mukherjee also tweeted the congratulatory message to the Indian space agency. It's successful launch will herald a new era of space-faring and space-transport.

The GSLV-Mk III is a three stage/engine rocket. Here are some interesting facts about the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III). In the past, India has used French rockets to launch its heavier communication satellites. Monday's launch carried the almost 7,000-pound GSAT-19 satellite, which has a 10-year life cycle and is meant to improve telecommunications and Internet services.