President Mukherjee, PM Modi hail ISRO for successful launch of GSLV Mk III

The GSLV Mk III rocket carried a satellite weighing more than three tonnes into a high orbit above Earth, a landmark achievement as India had struggled to match the heavier payloads of other space giants.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2017 20:37 IST
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ISRO's heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III carrying communication satellite GSAT-19 blasts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on June 5.(PTI Photo)

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of the country’s heaviest rocket GSLV-Mk III.

“My heartiest congratulations to you and the entire team at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on the historic launch of the indigenous Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) carrying GSAT-19 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO),” Mukherjee said in a message to ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar.

PM Modi tweeted to congratulate the ISRO scientists saying “the mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability”.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also lauded ISRO for the successful launch and said it was another significant achievement which made the nation proud.

“ISRO had kept up the tradition of excellence in space sciences. This team has made the nation proud once again today”, Gandhi said in a message.

BJP chief Amit Shah said the successful launch of the mission will put India at forefront of space technology.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also congratulated the ISRO officials for the successful launch of the indigenously-developed GSLV-Mk III rocket.

“The country feels proud with the ISRO’s successful launch,” Rao said in an official release.

The chief minister further said that the successful launch was yet another milestone in the ISRO’s achievements.

India launched a communication satellite using its most powerful GSLV-Mk III rocket on Monday, improving its prospects of winning a bigger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry and its hopes of a manned mission.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 20:32 IST