It was a great moment today for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and the entire country, as India’s biggest home-made rocket GSLV MK III was successfully launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Nicknamed the “Naughty Boy”, the successful launch of GSLV Mk III propels India to the big league, with only a couple more countries in the world having similar capabilities. The successful launch of GSLV MK III also unlocks the opportunities for exploring manned space missions in the future. The GSLV MK III weighs a massive 640 ton, and after more such tests are conducted, the rocket will be able to carry astronauts in space. It can launch satellites weighing up to 4 tons (4,000 kg).
However, it may be recalled that the journey to this successful launch today was riddled with many failures in the past. Similar tests were conducted in 1979, 1993, and 2001, but all of these had failed to launch successfully. The disappointment was such that GSLV ended up being called as “Generally Sea Loving Vehicle”, as most failed launches in the past would crash into the sea. But ISRO scientists never gave up and kept working on improving the rocket systems. And today, their consistent efforts have paid off. Congratulating the scientists at ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “The GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability. The nation is proud!”