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December 17, 2014
ISRO to Test-Fly Heaviest Rocket, Crew Module on December 18
New Delhi (IANS) Dec 16, 2014
India will test-fly its heaviest and upgraded rocket - the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mark III) - on December 18, space agency ISRO said Friday. According to a tweet by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the 630-tonne rocket will be powered by liquid and solid fuel engines while the cryogenic stage/engine will be a passive one. The rocket will also carry a crew module to test its re-entry characteristics. "The main purpose of the mission is to test the atmosphe ... read more

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