Hosted by Hanneke WeiteringOn July 19, 1980, India launched its first satellite into orbit. This made India the seventh nation to launch an indigenously built satellite. The Rohini RS-1 satellite lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at 8 a.m. local time. It was a small, experimental satellite weighing only about 77 pounds (35 kilograms), and its primary purpose was to test out the SLV-3 rocket. This was a monumental mission for the Indian Space Research Organization, not just because they launched their own satellite, but also because they successfully launched their rocket called the Satellite Launch Vehicle, or SLV-3, for the very first time.
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