Successful first launch of India's GSLV heavy launch vehicle

India's space center conducted a successful first launch of its GSLV heavy-lift vehicle, which included composite materials from Hexcel.

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India's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC, Kerala, India), part of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO, Bangaluru, India)  successfully launched its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) on June 5, 2017. The GSLV-Mk III is a three-stage, heavy-lift launcher developed by ISRO, with two solid fuel strap-ons, a core liquid booster and a cryogenic upper stage. It was designed to carry 4-ton-class satellites into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO), or approximately 10 tons to low Earth orbit (LEO). 

During the June 5 launch from second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR on the eastern coast of India, the GSLV-Mk III carried a 3,136-kg GSAT-19 satellite to GTO. The launch vehicle was constructed in part using materials supplied by Hexcel Corp. (Stamford, CT, US), including carbon fiber unidirectional and woven prepregs for the payload adapers, studs and heat shields. Hexcel congratulates VSSC on the successful first launch of the GSLV-Mk III.