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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) was launched with a communications satellite from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement.
The 640-tonne rocket will give India greater ability to send its own and other countries’ communications satellites and eventually become the fourth country to send a person into space.
“This mission is important as it is the heaviest-ever rocket and satellite to be launched from India,” ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said.
The GSLV Mark III can carry put a payload of more than three tonnes into orbit.
“Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
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