India debuts its most powerful human-capable rocket to date

prototype-gslv-mkiii-1000The GSLV Mk III rocket launched in India this week on its debut full-scale orbital test flight.

The rocket delivered the GSAT 19 communications satellite to an on-target orbit, after successfully demonstrating its new solid rocket boosters, a twin-engine core-stage and an upgraded cryogenic upper-stage.

The vehicle is capable of delivering satellites weighing as much as four metric tons to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit, the haunting ground of communications satellites.

GSLV Mk III adds to India’s already impressive launcher fleet including the workhorse PSLV small launch vehicle which made history this year by launching 100 CubeSats simultaneously.

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Image: Indian Space Research Organisation

This story is taken from the 9 June 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.