India on Sunday launched its maiden rocket-the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV-D1)- carrying earth observation satellite (EOS-02) and a co-passenger
student-made satellite AzadiSAT.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the SSLV from the Satish Dawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota although data loss was observed during the terminal stage, according to ISRO sources.
"Maiden flight of SSLV is completed. All stages performed as expected. Data loss is observed during the terminal stage. It is being analysed. Will be updated soon." ISRO tweeted.
Besides, ISRO Chairman S Somanath said, “In the terminal stage of the mission, some data loss is occurring. We are analysing the data to conclude the final outcome of the mission with respect to achieving a stable orbit”.
The SSLV-D1/EOS-02 mission by the Indian space agency is aimed at garnering a larger pie in the small launch vehicles market as it can place the satellite into low earth orbit, report said.
At the end of a sevenanda half hour countdown, the 34-metre-long SSLV soared majestically at 9.18 am from the spaceport at Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh amid cloudy skies to place the satellites into the intended orbit.
The rocket's progress was smooth with all its solid fuel powered engines performing well.
The ISRO said the satellite is an experimental optical imaging satellite with high spatial resolution.
The student satellite weighing eight kg carries 75 different payloads that have been developed by girl students from different parts of rural India to mark the country’s celebration of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”.