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Satellite launch unsuccessful: ISRO

In a setback, India's mission to launch its eighth navigation satellite where the private sector was involved for the first time in the assembly of its spacecraft failed on Thursday following a technical snag after a perfect lift off of its polar rocket.

Describing the failed mission as a 'mishap', ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar said the heat shield did not separate for the IRNSS-1H, a backup navigation satellite, to be put into orbit in the final leg of the launch sequence. As a result, the satellite got stuck in the fourth stage of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle--PSLV-C39.