October 17, 2017
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Indigenous effort
GSLV launch-Boost for the Indian space program

In a major thrust upwards for the Indian space program, the three stage, heavy weight mark two version of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MKII) equipped with an Indian made upper cryogenic engine stage scripted a vibrant success story by delivering 2117-kg GSAT-6 communications satellite into its intended orbit with a high degree of accuracy.

This orbital mission of August 27 designated GSLV-D6 has convincingly validated the operational efficiency and structural robustness of the indigenous cryogenic engine stage for the second time. The first successful mission of GSLV-MKII, powered by the domestically built cryogenic engine stage, was accomplished in January 2014. Indeed for the second time ISRO got its cryogenic engine right with GSLV-D6 flight proving the reliability and efficiency of the system. Prior to that, a flight of GSLV-MKII featuring an Indian cryogenic engine stage had ended up in failure in April 2010.

It took GSLV-D6 around seventeen minutes after its smooth lift off from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Sp
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