The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a historic mission on Sunday as its small-lift launch vehicle – carrying a student satellite and an earth observation satellite – lifted off from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota. This was the maiden flight of the SSLV.
The countdown for the mission – which began at 2:18 am – lasted for more than seven hours. The launch was divided into three stages. Minutes after the completion of the three stages, some loss of data was experienced. Meanwhile, AzaadiSAT, the student satellite, carries 75 different payloads that have been developed by girl students from different parts of rural India. It also aims to mark 75 years of India’s independence, which is being celebrated as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ by the government.