Adding one more feather to its glorious past of space programmes ISRO has just now launched its heaviest and powerful rocket GSLV Mark III carrying GSAT-19 communication satellite from Sriharikota, AP.

Launched from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Research Center, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III), is the heaviest rocket ever made by India.The 640-tonne rocket weighs as much as 200 full-grown Asian elephants or five Jumbo jets.

If everything goes as plan, after around 7 years it is expected to carry astronauts to space.
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or (GSLV) Mk III is India’s most powerful home-grown rocket till date.

It is an important event as we are putting our communication satellite from our own soil,” ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said earlier.”We are pushing ourselves to the limits to ensure that this new fully self-reliant Indian rocket succeeds in its maiden launch,” Kumar added. This heavy lift rocket is capable of placing up to 8 tons in a low Earth orbit, enough to carry India’s crew module.

According to Kiran, Isro has already prepared plans of hoisting a 2-3 member human crew into space as soon as the government gives it a sanction of about 3-4 billion dollars.

If the human venture succeeds India would become only the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to have a human space flight program.

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