India’s first GSLV Mark 3 rocket makes its debut

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India launched the first GSLV Mark 3 rocket this morning.

The rocket lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on schedule at 7:59 a.m. Eastern and initial reports indicated that the rocket was performing as planned though satellite separation.

The launch is the first for this new, and more powerful, variant of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, roughly doubling its payload performance.

The rocket’s payload was the GSAT-19 communications satellite. [The Hindu]


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