Reported by Pallava Bagla
, Edited by Anindita Sanyal
| Thursday August 31, 2017, New Delhi
The launch of India's first private-sector manufactured satellite, the IRNSS-1H, was declared unsuccessful today. AS Kiran Kumar, the chief of space agency ISRO, which handled the launch, said the satellite's protective heat shield, which is expected to separate and drop off, failed to do so. This was the second failure of PSLV, which had taken up the 1,425 kg satellite to space in its 41st mission. Launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the satellite was expected to replace one of the seven orbiting satellite of NAViC, which is malfunctioning. NAViC, which is a system of seven satellites, powers India's homegrown Global Positioning System.