ISRO’s ‘Fat Boy’ 3.2 ton GSLV MK III D1 successfully launched

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its heaviest rocket, The Fat Boy, GSLV Mk-III D1, carrying 3,136-kg communication satellite GSAT-19.

The rocket also called ‘fat boy’, weights equal to 200 full-grown Asian elephants. This rocket will also make India the fourth country — after China, US and Russia — to send a manned mission to space. Another notable aspect of this rocket is that the main and bigger cryogenic engine has been developed by space scientists here and will be powering the rocket for the first time.

The President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO scientists. Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission. The GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission takes India closer to next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability. The nation is proud.

About GSLV Mk-III D1:

  • GSLV-Mk III was earlier named as Launch Vehicle Mark-3 or LVM-3.
  • GSLV-Mk III’s first flight, D1, will carry the GSAT-19 satellite – developed to help improve telecommunication and broadcasting areas.
  • GSLV-MK III D1 rocket weighs equal to five fully loaded jumbo jets.
  • This is India’s first fully functional rocket to be tested with a cryogenic engine that uses liquid propellants – liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.
  • It took about 25 years, 11 flights and over 200 tests on different components of the rocket for it to be fully realized.
  • It is the heaviest but shortest rocket by India with a height of 43 meters.
  • The rocket is designed to carry heavier communication satellites.
  • This is the heaviest rocket India has developed so far.
  • Telugu Media Calls GSLV-Mk III Rocket ‘Bahubali’

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