India's heaviest rocket has lifted off successfully from Sriharikota, India's rocket port in Andhra Pradesh on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. India space agency ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III-D2) - on its second developmental flight - successfully placed the sophisticated communications satellite GSAT-29 in the orbit today.
The countdown began at 2:50 pm on Tuesday and the rocket was launched at its scheduled time of 5.08pm today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Cyclone Gaja did not play spoilsport and the launch was not affected by it. The launch could have been affected by the cyclone, which was one of the apprehensions since the countdown.
This is the 67th launch from Sriharikota and the GSAT-29 is the 33rd communications satellite made by India.
The advanced communications satellite weighs 3,423 kg and will help provide internet connectivity, especially in the remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern India, says ISRO chairman K Sivan.