By Martin Gøttske
The successful launch of the heaviest satellite India has attempted to put in orbit is being heralded as the nation’s next step toward broader launch capabilities. And by using its most powerful rocket to date in Monday’s launch, the country is improving its prospects of winning a bigger share of the more than 300 billion USD global space industry.
The satellite launched weighed 3,136 kg. India thereby joins the US, Russia, China, Japan and the European Space Agency in having the capability to launch satellites weighing more than three tonnes.
“The nation is proud,” reacted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.