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Launch of India's first privately-built satellite fails

The satellite was being transported by the ISRO workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 31, 2017, 02.14 PM (IST)

ISRO has said the launch of the IRNSS-1H satellite from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh has been unsuccessful. 

"Satellite got separated internally but it is enclosed within heat shield," ISRO chief AS Kiran Kumar said. 

The satellite was being transported by ISRO's workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). 

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The IRNSS-1H was privately built.

It was built by a consortium led by Alpha Design Technologies, a Bengaluru-based defence equipment supplier. 

The building process, over eight months, was supervised by ISRO. 

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