India hopes new rocket can carry humans into space

Posted at 5:28 AM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 10:52:06-04

India's space agency is preparing to launch its heaviest rocket carrying a communication satellite from a launch pad off the country's southeastern coast.


The Indian Space Research Organization said the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III rocket is scheduled to lift off Monday afternoon from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh state.


Scientists say the rocket could be used in the future to carry an astronaut into space, something that only Russia, the United States and China have done.



India hopes the rocket, which weighs 6,914 pounds, will expand its commercial launch business.