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India has long worked towards developing its own cryogenic engine, the upper stage engine technology required to carry heavier communication satellites, as showcased in Monday's launch.

In a series of tweets, he said, "Heartiest congratulations to ISRO on the historic launch of GSLV-Mk III". The 43-metre (140-foot) rocket is scheduled to lift off just before 5:30pm (12:00pm GMT) from the southern island of Sriharikota, one of two sites used by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch satellites.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists broke into thunderous applause as the complex mission was declared a success, brightening chances of India increasing its share in the commercial launch market.

The chief minister further said that today's successful launch was yet another milestone in the ISRO's achievements.

"All activities for the launch of GSLV Mk III-D1 and GSAT-19 mission is going on". The nation is proud. But, it has now added another feather to its flooding cap with today's launch of its heaviest payload until date, i.e. 3,136-kg (3.1 tonnes) GSAT-19 communications satellite.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director K. Sivan said that GSAT-19 is a high through-put satellite.

The Indian space agency has also considered a manned space mission involving sending astronauts into a low-Earth orbit, but the programme has not yet been cleared by the government.

It is also India's first fully functional rocket to be tested with a cryogenic engine that uses liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen as propellants. The rocket is responsible for launching a 6,913 lb GSAT-19 satellite. But ISRO scientists never gave up and kept working on improving the rocket systems.

The premiere space agency has already developed critical technologies for a human space mission. "If today India has to launch communication satellites beyond 2.3 tonnes, we have to go overseas", Radhakrishnan told PTI.

GSAT 19 has a weight of 3126 kg which makes it the heaviest satellite launched in India. SLV-3 was followed by the Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV).

India presently has two rockets - the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and GSLV-Mk II - with a lift-off mass of 415 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes. It's successful launch will herald a new era of space-faring and space-transport.


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