India’s GSLV rocket successfully launches again

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The competition heats up: India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) successfully placed a commercial communications satellite in orbit today.

This is the third successful GSLV launch in a row, indicating that India’s space agency ISRO has finally worked out the kinks of their home-built upper stage and are ready to begin regular and more frequent commercial launches, in direct competition with the world’s big players in the launch industry.



  • wayne

    Launch of Indian GSLV with INSAT 3DR

  • mkent

    As long as I’m being nit-picky, the payload was actually a government-owned weather satellite called Insat-3DR. Regardless, the launch appears to be completely successful.

  • Localfluff

    A minute and a half into the clip in wayne’s link, the rocket makes a 90 degrees turn. I haven’t seen other launchers do that so suddenly. The funny yellow smoke is maybe caused by the four liquid(!) fuel boosters and the solid(!) fuel first main stage.

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