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India successfully launches heaviest rocket, President Mukherjee congratulates ISRO for making nation proud
India successfully launched its heaviest rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) on its maiden flight with a communications satellite GSAT-19 on June 5 evening at 5:28 pm.

The launched rocket weighed 640 tonnes and it was 43.43 metres tall. It was launched from the rocket port at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The rocket has 3,136-kg GSAT-19 communications satellite to an altitude of around 179 km above the Earth.

According to ISRO, the satellite had a multi-beam satellite that carries Ka and Ku band forward; return link transponders and geostationary radiation spectrometer.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee while congratulating ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV-MK III said through a released message, "My heartiest congratulations to you and the entire team at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on the historic launch of the indigenous Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) carrying GSAT-19 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO)."

Conveying his greetings to the members of the team of scientists, engineers, technologists and all others associated with this mission and wishing ISRO continued success in the coming years, Mukherjee added, "The GSLV-Mk III is the heaviest rocket ever made by India and is capable of carrying the heaviest satellites made till date. The nation is proud of this significant achievement."

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