Indian Mars Orbiter Lifts Off

By Jay Menon
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

NASA is supporting the mission by providing communications and navigation support via its Deep Space Network facilities.

India is the sixth country to launch a mission to Mars.

Defense analyst Ajay Lele of the New Delhi-based Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses says a successful Mars mission would overshadow some of the Indian space program’s recent failures, especially concerning the development of its heavy-lift Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, which has experienced multiple failures.

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