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SSLV-D1 placed satellites into wrong orbit, no longer usable, says ISRO. 5/5 (2)

After the launch, ISRO had experienced data loss in the final phase of the flight. ISRO Chairman S Somanath had informed the space agency's maiden Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) suffered "data loss" at the terminal stage, although three stages "performed and separated,"ISRO informed that the SSLV had placed the satellite in an unstable orbit - 356 km x 76 km elliptical orbit instead of 356 km circular orbit- therefore rendering the satellite unusable

-ISRO cited the failure of the mission to ‘failure of a logic to identify a sensor failure and go for a salvage action caused the deviation’

-The rocket was expected to be operated by New Space India Limited (NSIL), India’s commercial space operations arm, and compete with the likes of US-based private space companies such as SpaceX and Rocket Lab to make frequent launches. Due to PSLV’s long turnaround time, the rocket was not ideal for scaling up satellite launch operations. The SSLV is expected to help resolve this, and come closer to the scale that has been achieved by SpaceX.

-Union minister of state for science and technology, Jitendra Singh, told the Parliament that ISRO has so far undertaken 345 commercial satellite launches for vendors from across 34 countries — a figure that the SSLV is expected to help boost.

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