• GSLV MKIII is ISRO’s fifth generation three stage heavy lift launch vehicle.
  • The launch vehicle is capable of placing satellites weighing 4000 kg in GTO.
  • The first stage constitutes two massive boosters with solid propellants.
  • The core with liquid propellant and the cryogenic engine constitutes the second and third stages respectively.
  • The weight of GSLV Mark III is 641 tons roughly equals the weight of five fully loaded passenger aircrafts.
  • GSLV MarkIII, which took 15 years to make, is the heaviest among India’s operational launch vehicles. Also, with only 43 meters tall, it is also the shortest launch vehicles.
  • GSLV MKIII will be used to launch Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan missions.