India’s much-awaited heaviest rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk is all set to launch on 5th June.  Fondly know as ‘Fat Boy, GSLV-Mk III will bring a lot of applauds and earnings for India. As with its successful launch ISRO will have the potential to enter the world’s multi-billion dollar launch market.

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As the whole world is looking forward to this historic launch, here are some interesting facts about the GSLV-III that you should know.

Development for the GSLV-III began in the early 2000s, with the first launch planned for 2009-2010, which has been delayed due to many factors including the 15 April 2010 failure of the ISRO-developed cryogenic upper stage on the GSLV Mk II

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It is the heaviest rocket ever made by India and is capable of carrying the heaviest satellites made till date. It weighs 640 tons that’s almost 5 times the weight of a fully loaded Jumbo Jet airplane.

The rocket is capable of placing up to 8 tons in a low Earth orbit, which is enough to carry India’s crew module.

GSLV Mk III satellite features an Indian cryogenic third stage and a higher payload capacity than the current GSLV.  

The GSLV Mk-III height is 43 meter which makes it the shortest of the three big Indian rockets.

India would become the fourth country after Russia, United States and China to have a human space flight program.

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According to ISRO the first Indian to go into space (from an Indian launch) could be a woman astronaut.

The new rocket is capable of carrying satellites of four ton class into the geosynchronous orbit.

It is estimated that the new rocket costs around Rs. 300 crore.

Country’s premier space agency-ISRO will launch GSLV-III from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.


We hope that everything goes well during the launch and ISRO makes us proud once again.

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