Times of India Editorial & Vocabulary – GSLV-MkIII D2



The second developmental flight of GSLV-MkIII D2 was an important milestone for Indian Space Research Organisation. The GSLV-MkIII, the most sophisticated rocket with Isro, will be the vehicle used in both the proposed mission of carrying a human into space and the Chandrayaan-II mission scheduled for January. Therefore, yesterday’s launch to place the GSAT-29 satellite in orbit augurs well for the future. The GSAT-29 is the heaviest satellite launched thus far by Isro and will play a crucial role in improving communication connectivity in physically challenging terrain in India.

This launch also marks an important development in the commercial possibilities India’s space programme holds. When seen in conjunction with last year’s launch of 104 satellites at one go, it enhances the prospects of Isro’s commercial arm, Antrix Corp. The global space industry is worth over $300 billion and Isro has emerged as a competitive player. Commercialising its capabilities helps pay for its activities and generates resources for more research. Isro represents a policy success story which spanned multiple governments as it required patient investment to leverage long-term strategic and commercial gains.  Isro’s successes are also bound to catalyse opportunities for India’s private sector in a number of areas.


Sophisticate: a person with much worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture.

Example: He is still the butt of jokes made by New York sophisticates

Augurs: portend a good or bad outcome.

Example: The end of the Cold War seemed to augur well

Synonyms: bode, portend, herald, warn of, forewarn of, foreshadow

Terrain: a stretch of land, especially with regard to its physical features.

Example: They were delayed by rough terrain

Synonyms: land, ground, territory, topography, landscape, countryside, country

Conjunction: the action or an instance of two or more events or things occurring at the same point in time or space.

Example: A conjunction of favorable political and economic circumstances

Synonyms: co-occurrence, concurrence, coincidence, coexistence, simultaneity

Enhance: intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of.

Example: His refusal does nothing to enhance his reputation

Synonyms: increase, intensify, heighten, magnify, amplify, inflate, strengthen

Leverage: the exertion of force by means of a lever or an object used in the manner of a lever.

Example: My spade hit something solid that wouldn’t respond to leverage

Synonyms: grip, purchase, hold, support, anchorage, force, strength

Strategic: relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them.

Example: The company should take strategic actions to cope with fundamental changes in the environment

Synonyms: planned, calculated, tactical, politic, judicious, prudent, shrewd

Capabilities: power or ability.

Example: He had an intuitive capability of bringing the best out in people

Synonyms: ability, capacity, power, potential, competence, proficiency, adeptness




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