Understanding India's new GSLV-MK3 rocket

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The GSLV-MK3 rocket just after engine ignition on the launch pad.
India launches its first rocket to geosynchronous transfer orbit (image credit: ISRO).

On 5 June 2017, India performed a full launch test of their GSLV-MK3, putting a test-satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. This is a huge step forward for the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which could eventually use this rocket for human space travel. For the details on the rocket itself, as well as a rundown of ISRO's history check out this article from the Planetary Society.

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