India succesfully launched Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III
India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space.
ISRO successfully tests the atmospheric re-entry of a crew module after its heaviest launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III blasts off from Sriharikota.
The new rocket will be able to carry heavier satellites into space.
The GSLV-III or Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III is a launch vehicle developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation. It is intended to launch satellites into geostationary orbit and as a launcher for an Indian crew vehicle. The GSLV MK-3 will feature an Indian cryogenic third stage and a higher payload capacity than the current GSLV.
The new rocket is capable of carrying communication satellites weighing 4,000kg, reports say, meaning India will not have to rely on foreign launchers to do so.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after the launch: "Successful launch of GSLV MK-III is yet another triumph of brilliance & hard work of our scientists. Congrats to them for the efforts."