India on Thursday successfully launched its latest generation vehicle GSLV Mk III, also carrying the ‘Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
Exactly 5.4 minutes after lift off at 9.30 AM from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, the module separated from the rocket at an altitude of 126 km and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere (about 80 km from sea level).
It descended in a ballistic mode and splashed down into the Bay of Bengal, some 180 km from Indira Point, the southern tip of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The LVM3-X flight with active S200 and L110 propulsion stages and a passive C25 stage with dummy engine, carried CARE (Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment) as its payload.
Speaking after the launch, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said, “GSLV Mark-III test flight mission successful. It is a significant day in India’s space history.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV Mk-III. The Prime Minister tweeted, ” Successful launch of GSLV Mk-III is yet another triumph of brilliance and hardwork of our scientists”