President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of Indias latest communication satellite GSAT-19 with its brand new and heaviest rocket – the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (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),” said Mukherjee in a message to ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar.
Modi took to twitter to congratulate the scientists.
“The GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability. The nation is proud!
“Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission,” he said.
The GSLV-Mk III rocket, on its maiden flight, began its ascent towards space from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at the Sriharikota spaceport from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.