Gaganyaan Mission: ISRO successful in second attempt, rocket launched

New Delhi: After the unsuccessful launch of ISRO TV-D1 rocket associated with India’s ambitious Gaganyaan Mission, the space agency re-launched the rocket after 45 minutes.

Gaganyaan, the test vehicle carrying payloads related to the human space flight programme, was re-launched at 10 am on Saturday.

The Indian Space Agency fixed all the glitches and was able to launch the rocket from Sriharikota.

Expressing happiness over the successful launch, ISRO Chairman S Somnath said, “I am very happy to announce the successful achievement of the Gaganyaan TV-D1 mission.”

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), ISRO said, “The reason for aborting the launch has been identified and rectified. The launch is planned for 10:00 am today.”

ISRO chief said that lift-off in the mission could not take place due to a problem in engine ignition.

The errors have been identified and corrected and the second launch was scheduled for 10:00 am today.

India’s Gaganyaan mission represents an important milestone in India’s effort to demonstrate that sending humans into space is possible.

The Gaganyaan project envisages demonstrating human spaceflight capability by launching a crew of three members into a 400 km orbit for a 3-day mission and landing in Indian waters and returning them safely to Earth.

This program will make India the fourth country to launch a manned space flight mission after the US, Russia and China. Building on the success of Indian space initiatives including the recent Chandrayaan-3 and Aditya L1 missions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed that India should now set new and ambitious targets including setting up the ‘Indian Space Station’ . To send the first Indian to the Moon by 2035 and by 2040.