India successfully launches the heaviest launch vehicle

Isro Fri, 16 Jun 2017

India successfully launches the heaviest launch vehicle

New Delhi: India on 5th June, 2017 leapfrogged into a select group of nations having their own indigenous cryogenic engine technology, when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its heaviest launch vehicle, GSLV MkIII-D1, and placed GSAT-19, into a precise orbit.

The GSAT-19, a communication satellite, expected to enhance India’s communication infrastructure, was placed into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), 16 minutes after launch, with a perigee (closest point to Earth) 170 km and apogee (farthest point from Earth) 35,975 km. It will take about two to three weeks to be placed in its intended orbit.

The satellite weighs 3,136 kg. This successful launch will enable India to launch 4-tonne class satellites from India. These were earlier launched from launch pads abroad.

In a message, Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi congratulated ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV Mark III.

Describing the launch as another significant achievement, Smt. Gandhi said that ISRO had kept up the tradition of excellence in space sciences. Congratulating, Shri A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO, Smt. Gandhi said that his team has made the nation proud once again today.

In tweet message Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said Congrats to ISRO on the launch of GSLVMK3-India’s heaviest rocket yet. A result of 3 decades of hard work of our space scientists! Very proud.