Staff Reporter

SRIHARIKOTA (NELLORE DIST.): The first developmental flight of Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV-D01) was successfully launched from the sounding rocket launch complex of Satish Dawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR at 8.30 am, in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district on Wednesday.

This was the biggest and heaviest sounding rocket (3,050 kgs weight) developed by ISRO scientists till date. ATV is a new generation high performance sounding rocket offering cost effective test bed for demonstrating ‘air breathing propulsion'. The performance of the flight was normal on the first day today and all the objectives were achieved successfully.

The Advanced Technology Vehicle achieved a maximum attitude of 46 km at 120 seconds after the take-off.