ASLV (Advanced Satellite Launch Vehicle)
The first launch of the ASLV, on March 24, 1987, failed when the bottom stage of the core vehicle did not ignite after booster burnout. The second attempt, on July 13, 1988, ended with the Rohini payload falling into the Bay of Bengal when the vehicle became unstable after release of the boosters. Finally, on May 20, 1992, SROSS-3 was inserted into low Earth orbit (LEO) by the third ASLV. However, instead of entering a circular orbit near 400 km, the ASLV achieved only a short-lived orbit of 256 km by 435 km. The fourth ASLV mission in May 1994 successfully reached its programmed orbit of 434 km by 921 km with the SROSS C2 payload. The vehicle is likely to be phased out shortly in favor of the more powerful PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle).
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