The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 8 September, launched its rocket GSLV-F-Zero-Five, carrying an advanced weather satellite 'INSAT-3DR' after a delay of over 40 minutes.
The lift off took place from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
ISRO asserted that the launch is an advanced weather satellite that would provide a variety of "meteorological services to the country".
The GSLV-F05 is the first operational flight of GSLV carrying Cryogenic Upper Stage. Reports suggest the launch of the GSLV-F05 will pave way for the launch of the second moon mission- Chandrayaan 2.
The launch of the GSLV-F05 will be the 10th flight of India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, designed to inject 2 to 2.5 ton class of satellites in geostationary orbits.
Its earlier journeys were test flights, including the GSLV-D5 and D6 missions in January 2014 and August 2015, that were resounding successes. With the 8 September launch, the nation's own Cryogenic Upper Stage in the rocket is set to graduate from test phase to operational phase.
--With agency inputs