PHOTOS: GSLV soars to space with Indian cryogenic engine


Posted: January 5, 2014

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle put a 2.1-ton communications satellite in orbit Sunday, boosting prospects for the medium-class launcher after a spate of mishaps in recent years.

Although it carried a costly communications satellite, India's space agency officially considered the launch a test flight for the GSLV and its indigenous hydrogen-fueled third stage.

The 161-foot-tall rocket blasted off at 1048 GMT (5:48 a.m. EST), darting through a clear afternoon sky over the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India's east coast, where it was 4:18 p.m. local time.

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Credit: ISRO

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