The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the first of a series of test flights on Saturday in preparation for the ambitious human spaceflight mission – Gaganyaan – scheduled for 2025.
The Flight Test Vehicle Abort Mission 1 was scheduled to lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The launch was initially put on hold after the trouble with engine ignition was discovered.
“Engine ignition has not happened… we need to find out what went wrong. The vehicle is safe, we need to look at what happened… will correct it and schedule launch soon,” ISRO Chairman S. Somanath said.
The ISRO identified the cause and successfully conducted the test at 10am.