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India's heaviest rocket blasts off with communication satellite GSAT-29

The GSLV-Mk III with a capacity to carry four-tonne satellite, is a three-stage/engine rocket with two strap-on motors powered by solid fuel.

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit KalraBy Shobhit Kalra

Published on 14 Nov 2018 1:32 PM GMT

Indias heaviest rocket blasts off with communication satellite GSAT-29
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Sriharikota: India has successfully launched its heaviest rocket - Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) - carrying 3,423 kg communication satellite GSAT-29.

The rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) from Sriharikota spaceport here. The 43.4-metre rocket weighing about 640 tonne rushed to the blue skies with thick orange flame at its rear.

The GSLV-Mk III with a capacity to carry four-tonne satellite, is a three-stage/engine rocket with two strap-on motors powered by solid fuel. The second stage is a core liquid fuel booster and the third is the cryogenic engine.

Just after 16 minutes into its flight, the rocket will sling the GSAT-29 at its intended orbit at an altitude of around 207 km.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-29 with a life span of 10 years is a multi-beam satellite that carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders intended to meet the communication requirements of users including those in remote areas.

The satellite also carries a geo-high resolution camera.

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit Kalra

Writer has 10 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Chief Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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