‘Fat Boy,’ the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk III, lifted off from the Sriharikota space center in southern India.
The GSAT-19 satellite, at 3,136 kg, is the heaviest India has attempted to put in orbit.
According to the space agency, the launch is a step forward a future manned mission.
India hopes to win a bigger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry.
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