India has upgraded their GSLV rocket, and made a fully successful maiden flight of the new model, delivering GSAT 19, a geosynchronous commsat. The GSLV family has had issues, but hopefully they are now resolved. This new version is also considerably more powerful, putting it into contention with all the major geosynchronous launch providers on the commercial market. This also gives them, for the first time, the performance necessary for a crewed launch, although ISRO does not yet have any announced plans to pursue human spaceflight.
Thursday evening, India performed a flawless suborbital test flight of their new GSLV Mk 3 rocket. Looking like a fatter Titan IV, this rocket boosted a prototype CARE space capsule on a trajectory that would help validate its heatshield and parachutes, with a final splashdown in the Bay of Bengal. They still have a lot of work before they’re ready to put humans into space, but this is a huge step forward along that path. It also enables them to compete for the bigger commercial payloads that presently mostly fly on Proton or Ariane V, so this is a big deal in a lot of ways.