March 4, 2024

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India’s new rocket flies 1st successful mission, delivering 3 satellites to orbit

A new Indian rocket successfully delivered three satellites to orbit on Thursday night (Feb. 9), bouncing back from its failed debut flight in August 2022.

The Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) lifted off from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre Thursday at 10:48 p.m. EST (0348 GMT and 9:18 a.m. local time on Feb. 10), carrying the Indian Space Research Organisation‘s (ISRO) EOS-07 Earth-observation satellite and two ride-along cubesats skyward.

By 15.5 minutes later, the 112-foot-tall (34 meters) rocket had deployed all three spacecraft into their designated 280-mile-high (450 kilometers) circular orbits, and mission team members were exchanging smiles and handshakes in the control room.

“With the successful launch of the SSLV-D2/EOS-07 mission, ISRO now has a new credible member in its launch vehicle family,” a commentator said on the agency’s livestream just after the satellites deployed. “Congratulations to team ISRO!”

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