India’s new rocket program achieves big success

December 18, 2014 8:11 AM

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India’s aspiration to launch its own satellites — and eventually astronauts — into space got a boost Thursday with a successful test flight of a powerful new rocket and a prototype landing capsule designed for the country’s human spaceflight program.

The 142-foot-tall launcher — designed with all-new rocket boosters and a bulked-up liquid-fueled core stage — took off from a space base on India’s east coast at 0400 GMT Thursday (11 p.m. EST Wednesday).

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