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'Fat Boy' GSLV-MK III launches today: The rocket has cost India Rs 400 cr

The mission could also pave the way for manned missions into space

GSLV MK-III, Isro, GSAT-19
The fully integrated GSLV Mk-III-D1 carrying GSAT-19 at the second launch pad. Photo: Isro

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Monday evening will launch its most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV-Mk III), and place a high-tech communication satellite in orbit.   The 25 and a half-hour countdown for the GSLV-Mk III, nicknamed ‘Fat Boy’, began at 3.58 pm on Sunday.  The propellant filling operations of L110 (Second Stage) of GSLV-Mk III-D1 were under progress in the morning. The mission is scheduled to be launched at 5.28 pm from the launchpad at Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh. The ...