India has launched its biggest space rocket designed to carry heavier communication satellite and a capsule which could one day take astronauts into space.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (MK III) from Sriharikota in the southeast state of Andhra Pradesh, as reported by PressTV.
Regarding the launch of the rocket, PM Narendra Modi tweeted,
“The powerful launch vehicle has come to shape, which will change our destiny… placing heavier spacecraft into communications orbits,” ISRO mission director S. Somnath said.
The rocket weighs 630 tons and is designed to carry communication satellites weighing 4000 kilograms and other satellites into higher orbit.
The capsule i.e. the rocket’s main cargo is capable of carrying two to three astronauts into space. However, as the ISRO says, not before seven years.
Back in October, India had launched its third navigation satellite IRNSS 1C to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary.
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