Fat Boy and Bahubali. Those are the two nicknames given to the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, or the GSLV Mk-III, the biggest and most powerful rocket in India's space garage. On July 15, Monday, the GSLV Mk-III will launch off the Bay of Bengal coast, carrying with it an ambitious dream of placing a rover on the Moon.
The GSLV Mk-III is the launcher chosen for the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which aims to land a rover on the Moon's south polar region, a feat not previously achieved by any other country. Only three countries have landed rovers on Moon -- the US, Russia and China -- but none have gone where India hopes to with its Chandrayaan-2 mission.
The GSLV Mk-III is a three-stage rocket developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). The rocket first flew an experimental flight in 2014 and since then, the GSLV Mk-3 has been on two development flights; on both the occasions the 'Fat Boy' rocket placed satellites into orbit.