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Photos: India's GSLV Mark-III Rocket and 1st Crew Capsule

Flight Profile for India's CARE Crew Capsule

Indian Space Research Organisation

This flight profile of India's CARE crew capsule prototype and GSLV Mk-III rocket is shown in this graphic from the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Roll Out Day for India's GSLV Mk-III

Indian Space Research Organisation

India's GSLV Mk-III rolls out from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad for its Experimental Flight in December 2014 from Satish Dhawan Space Center.

Powerful Rocket

India Space Research Organisation

India is calling its Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III its most powerful launcher yet.

Building the GSLV Mk-III

Indian Space Research Organisation

The first stage and solid boosters of India's first Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III are seen near their assembly building in this ISRO photo.

GSLV Mk-III Under Construction

Indian Space Research Organisation

Indian engineers work to build the first Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III ahead of a test flight in December 2014.

India's GSLV Mk-III in Stages

Indian Space Research Organisation

The GSLV Mk-III rocket is made up of a central liquid-fueled core first stage flanked by two solid-propellant boosters. A liquid-fueled second stage then launches its payload into orbit.

GSLV Mk-III Assembly

Indian Space Research Organisation

The pieces come together for India's first launch of the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III rocket.

Rocket Boosters for India's GLSV Mk-III

Indian Space Research Organisation

The twin solid rocket boosters for India's new Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III booster are seen here during assembly. The boosters are built to separate from the GSLV Mk-III about 149 seconds after liftoff.

On the Launch Pad

India Space Research Organisation

India's GSLV Mk-III stands atop the Second Launch Pad at the country's Satish Dhawan Space Center on Sriharikota Island.

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