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December 19, 2014
GSLV Mk-III X / CARE Mission
Yesterday 18 December, India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space. The rocket called the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark 3 successfully launched December 18th 2014 at 04:00 UTC.
The 630-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (MK III) blasted off from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday morning.
Launch of New Indian GSLV MkIII with Test Capsule
The new rocket will be able to carry heavier satellites into space. India has successfully launched lighter satellites in recent years, but has faced problems sending up heavier payloads.
The new rocket is capable of carrying communication satellites weighing 4,000kg, reports say, meaning India will not have to rely on foreign launchers to do so.
Image above: The CARE crew module prototype will be attached to the third stage of the GSLV Mark III rocket in "upside down" position. Image credit: ISRO.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after the launch: "Successful launch of GSLV MK-III is yet another triumph of brilliance & hard work of our scientists. Congrats to them for the efforts."
K Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO), said the launch marked a "very significant day in India's space history".
The rocket's main cargo was an Indian-made capsule capable of carrying two to three astronauts into space.
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (MK III) is India's heaviest rocket
ISRO said the capsule has "safely splashed down into Bay of Bengal off Andaman and Nicobar Islands" and that the experiment was successful.
ISRO has sought funding from the government to send its astronauts into space and the successful launch could be the first step towards boosting its claim, correspondents say.
India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market and has undertaken several missions. In September, it successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, becoming the fourth nation or geo-bloc to do so.
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