05/06/2017 6:16 PM IST | Updated 05/06/2017 6:17 PM IST

ISRO Successfully Launches GSLV Mark III Rocket With GSAT-19 Satellite

"It is a historic day"


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its rocket GSLV Mark III on Monday. The launch vehicle also had the communication satellite GSAT 19 on board which was separated opportunely.

GSLV Mark III lift off started at 5.28 PM Indian time from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. The mission length was just over 16 minutes. GSLV Mark III has a capacity of 4 tons of payloads, which is the highest amongst Indian rockets. The launch will increase the possibility of launching heavier satellites in the future without relying on the other space agencies.

GSAT 19 has a weight of 3126 kg which makes it the heaviest satellite launched in India.

IANS quoted ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar as saying, "It is a historic day.. both the GSLV Mk-III and the GSAT-19 launch have been successful.. we are looking forward to its (GSAT-19) operations."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the launch team for the success of the mission.

President Pranab Mukherjee also tweeted the congratulatory message to the Indian space agency.

Here are the specifications of the GSLV Mark III:

Height: 43.43 metres

Vehicle Diameter: 4 metres

Number of stages: 3

Payload capacity (Lower orbit earth): 8,000 kg

Payload capacity (Geosynchronous Transfer Orbits): 4,000 kg

Satellite on board: GSAT-19

Weight of the satellite: 3,136 kg

Total lift-off mass of the rocket: 640 tons.

Additionally, this marks another successful launch of the indigenous cryogenics engine CE-20.

(With IANS inputs)

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