The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the Mk III variant of its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). It is a historic occasion for the country’s space programme. The Mk III is ISRO’s most muscular launch vehicle to date which can lift 4,000 kg of payloads to the geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The indigenous cryogenic engine was development over two decades.
India has been relying on France for launching its communication satellites. India is among six nations to possess cryogenic engine technology, a key frontier in rocket science.
The GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability. The nation is proud!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2017