The GSLV-Mk III rocket, the heaviest ISRO rocket till date, has taken off with the 3,136-kg GSAT-19 communication satellite on board.
The GSLV-Mk III launched from the Sriharikota spaceport at 5:28pm on Monday June 05,2017 on its maiden flight, and will sling the GSAT-19 at an altitude of 179km, just over 16 minutes into its flight.
The three stage/ engine rocket is 43.43 metre tall and weighs 640 tonnes; the core of first stage is fired with solid fuel and its two motors by liquid fuel. The second is liquid fuel and the third is the cryogenic engine.
"It is a historic day ... both the GSLV Mk-III and the GSAT-19 launch have been successful.. we are looking forward to its (GSAT-19) operations," Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said.