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
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
The GSLV MkIII ahead of its Nov. 14 liftoff, which was the rocket's second-ever orbital launch.
The GSAT-29 communications satellite.
GSAT-29 Up Close
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
GSAT-29 undergoes "thermovac" testing ahead of launch.
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
A look at the C25 upper stage of the GSLV MkIII.
Poised for Launch
Another look at the GSLV MkIII and GSAT-29 on the pad.
Transporting the Payload Fairing
The payload fairing for the GSLV MkIII's second orbital launch, on the move.
The rocket and its heavy satellite payload in the darkness.