GSLV Mark III Success Another Feather in Indian ISRO

"The 25-and-half hour countdown for the launch of GSLV-Mk III-D1, carrying the 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite, commenced at 3.58 pm, soon after the Mission Readiness Review Committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave the clearance", Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

"Proud to say ISRO has given birth to a Baahubali", said Tapan Misra, Director, Space Applications Centre (SAC) of ISRO, indicating its enormous power.

India's GSLV MkIII rocket is an upgraded version of the country's GSLV rocket.

Former Isro chairperson K Radhakrishnan said the successful launch would open up the worldwide market for Isro and that foreign satellites can also be launched from here in future.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 5 June 2017 successfully launched the communication satellite GSAT-19 into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

However, India may not become a serious player in the global communication satellite launch market.

In a series of tweets, he said, "Heartiest congratulations to ISRO on the historic launch of GSLV-Mk III".

GSLV-Mk III, which The Indian Express recently called a "monster" rocket, certainly lives up to its nickname. These rockets use solid, liquid and cryogenic engines.

GSLV Mark III lift off started at 5.28 PM Indian time from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.

Modi added: "The GSLV-MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability". The United States, Russia, China, Japan and European Space Agency have launched satellites weighing over three tonne.

"This was the first orbital mission of GSLV MkIII which was mainly meant to evaluate the vehicle performance including that of its fully indigenous cryogenic upper stage during the flight", ISRO officials said in a statement.

Today's GSLV mission is significant for India as ISRO had been depending on foreign launchers for launching communication satellites weighing more than 2,300 kgs. "The nation is proud!"

Following the GSLV-Mark III's success, India can now launch four-tonne satellites on its own rocket instead of paying huge amounts of money to foreign space agencies to execute the operation. It is a landmark event as we have launched the heaviest satellites till date.

  • Zachary Reyes