India's Heaviest Rocket GSLV MK III To Lift Off From Sriharikota Today

Another moment of pride.

India's Heaviest Rocket GSLV MK III To Lift Off From Sriharikota Today
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On June 5, 2017, India's heaviest rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III will be launched into space from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, at 5.28 pm. 

The 'fat boy satellite' will take off from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, a rocket launch site in Sriharikota, India.

The live coverage of ISRO's heaviest rocket GSLV MK III will begin at 5.25 pm.

The ISRO (Indian Space Research organisation, a space agency of the Government of India), which took 15 years of relentless work to achieve the mission, is now capable of carrying four-ton communication satellites to space.

The rocket weighs more than the combined weight of 200 full-grown Asian Elephants, and it could soon be used to carry Indian astronauts in space.

"ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar is crossing the limits to ensure that the new, fully self-reliant Indian rocket succeeds in its maiden launch," NDTV reported.

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"Communication satellites are quite heavy, and earlier it was possible to send up to two tonnes, but this is a double quantum jump for India," Ajay Lele from the Delhi-based Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses told AFP. 


A successful launch of the 640-ton rocket will be a crowning achievement for the scientists at ISRO.   

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ISRO is also mulling the idea of sending the mission to Jupiter and Venus.

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According to newvision.com, India had put a record number of 104 satellites in orbit from a single rocket in February 2017, while Russia launched 39 satellites in one mission in June 2014. India has successfully launched lighter satellites in recent years and is working more on it.

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Well, after Russia, the United States and China, India wants to become the fourth nation to send astronauts into space.

Isn't it a moment for pride in India?