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Space rocket on the launch pad. This is the Indian Space Research Organisation's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D2. It was 49 metres tall, and had a lift-off weight of 414 tonnes. This rocket used solid, liquid and cryogenic fuel for propulsion. It launched GSAT-2, an experimental communications satellite, into Earth orbit on 8 May 2003. It also carried four experimental payloads. The payload is contained in the topmost part of the rocket. GSLV- D2 launched from Sriharikota, an island on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, north of Chennai.
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