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Isro's Fat Boy to carry global satellites only in 2020

Agency will be using an Ariane 5 rocket to hurl the GSAT-11 satellite


ISRO's heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III, carrying communication satellite GSAT-19, takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota (Photo: PTI)

Raghu KrishnanT E Narasimhan Bengaluru/ Chennai
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) may have to wait till 2020 to hurl satellites for global customers on its most powerful rocket, as the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MK III), needs to first fulfil local demand for heavy satellite launches.
GSLV-MK III, which uses a homegrown cryogenic engine has to do at least two more launches before it begins with commercial operations. After that, Isro will need to carry heavier communication satellites to meet the shortage of transponders for Indian customers."

"It should take 3-4 years for us to get into the global market with GSLV-MK III,"says

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First Published: Jun 07 2017 | 1:49 AM IST

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