GLOBAL ONE NEWS — India has launched its newest and what it called the “most powerful” satellite-carrying rocket into space.
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk III made its orbital flight on Nov. 14 from a space center in Sriharikota.
Carrying a 3,423 kg (7,546 pounds) GSAT-29 communication satellite, the GSLV Mk III successfully placed the spacecraft into orbit.
The satellite features telescope and other specialized devices that will help investigate and monitor future geostationary missions. It is designed to work for 10 years.
Compared to its previous version, the 43.4 meters and 640 tons GSLV Mk III rocket boasts the ability to haul double payloads.
After the successful liftoff, India is set to launch another spacecraft – the Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander — for its second robotic mission in January 2019.