India’s most powerful home-made rocket lifts off

Source: NDTV [India]

“Trailing thick white smoke, India’s monster home-made rocket GSLV Mk III did a perfect lift-off this afternoon from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The ‘Naughty boy’ of Space Agency ISRO is not only expected to propel it into the big league but also hopes to put a man into orbit. The 640-tonne rocket weighs as much as 200 full-grown Asian elephants or five Jumbo jets. It is expected that one day, perhaps in seven years, it will carry astronauts to space.” (06/05/17)