SLV-3 - India's First Launch Vehicle - Sub Orbital Booster

S L V - 3

Satellite Launch Vehicle - 3 has been the stepping-stone for ISRO's march towards independent launch capability. SLV-3 was instrumental in evaluating some key technologies for future launch vehicles. By launch vehicle standards, SLV-3 is a simple system. This vehicle is the first multi-stage rocket built by ISRO. Developing the SLV-3 took almost a decade to accomplish and it has been one of ISRO's most daunting challenge till date. The SLV-3 programme gave ISRO the capability to develop more powerful boosters needed to put operational satellites into orbit.

SLV Details

Launches: 4. 
Failures: 2. 
Success Rate: 50.00% pct. 
First Launch Date: 10 August 1979. 
Last Launch Date: 17 April 1983. 
Payload: 40 kg. to: 400 km Orbit. 
Liftoff Thrust: 46,390 kgf. 
Total Mass: 17,610 kg. 
Core Diameter: 1.0 m. 
Total Length: 24.2 m. 

Launch Updates

10 August 1979 on SLV-3-E1 from Sriharikota. FAILURE: Thrust vectoring of second stage failed. Spacecraft: Rohini RS-1 Mass: 40 kg.. 
18 July 1980 on Launch Vehicle SLV-3-E2 from Sriharikota.  Spacecraft: Rohini RS-1 (Experimental-Technology Mission) Mass: 40 kg.
31 May 1981 on Launch Vehicle SLV-3-D1 from Sriharikota. FAILURE: Partial Failure Orbit too low. Spacecraft: Rohini RS-D-1. 
17 April 1983 on Launch Vehicle SLV-3-D4 from Sriharikota.  Spacecraft: Rohini RS-D-2. Mass: 42 kg. Rohini satellite D-2. Second developmental flight of an SLV-3 launch vehicle. The Rohini satellite D-2 carried a sensor payload for conducting remote-sensing experiments and for accurate orbit and attitude determination.