Indian’s first satellite launch vehicle ( SLV-3 )
The development of Indian’s first satellite launch vehicle called SLV-3 were initiated in early 1970. It is a four stage vehicle using solid propulsion with a lift-off mass of 17 t having a dia of about 1m.
To execute the programme the SLV-3 project was constituted during 1972 under the leadership of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and other team members drawn from various disciplines. It was a fully indigenous effort.
A launch station for SLV was developed at Sriharikotta, 75 Km north of Madras in Nellore district.
The first attempt to launch SLV-3 was in 1979 carrying 35 Kg Rohini satellite in the low earth orbit but due to minor mal-function of a control thruster, the mission could not be accomplished.