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In Photos: India's Most Powerful Rocket Aces 2nd Test Launch!

Liftoff!

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India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MarkIII (GSLV MkIII) launches the GSAT-29 communications satellite on Nov. 14, 2018. It was the second test flight for ISRO's new GSLV Mark III rocket, and a critical step forward for ISRO since its next launch will be an operational mission carrying a mission to the moon. See more photos of India's rocket launch here!

Rising Into the Sky

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The GSLV MkIII is India's most powerful rocket. It's designed to place a satellite weighing up to 8,800 lbs. (4,000 kilograms) into geosynchronous transfer orbit.

On the Pad

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The GSLV MkIII ahead of its Nov. 14 liftoff, which was the rocket's second-ever orbital launch.

GSAT-29

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The GSAT-29 communications satellite.

GSAT-29 Up Close

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The 6,913-lb. (3,423 kilograms) GSAT-29 is intended to serve as a test bed for several critical technologies, Indian space officials have said.

Testing for GSAT-29

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GSAT-29 undergoes "thermovac" testing ahead of launch.

S200 Boosters

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The two S200 boosters for the GSLV MkIII's second orbital flight. The rocket consists of three main parts — the L110 core stage, the S200 boosters, and the C25 upper stage.

GSLV MkIII Upper Stage

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A look at the C25 upper stage of the GSLV MkIII.

Poised for Launch

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Another look at the GSLV MkIII and GSAT-29 on the pad.

Transporting the Payload Fairing

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The payload fairing for the GSLV MkIII's second orbital launch, on the move.

Lights Up

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The rocket and its heavy satellite payload in the darkness.

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