ISRO launches Baahubali rocket GSAT-19 successfully

baahubali-rocketThe Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its heaviest rocket so far. The communication satellite GSAT-19 into space using the ‘fatboy’ rocket has successfully launched at 5:28 PM today. Telugu media called it “Baahubali”.

GSLV-Mk III-D1 is the first developmental flight, carrying 3136 kg GSAT-19 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The vehicle is configured with a 5 m ogive payload fairing and slanted strap-on nose cone to provide aerodynamic robustness. The rocket has been launched from the second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota today at 5:28 PM.

The satellite is being termed as “a game changer communications satellite for India” as it would alone do the work of 6-7 of the older variety of communication satellites in space.

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!