An Indian rocket carrying a powerful earth observation satellite failed to launch completely on Thursday, a setback for the country's space program, according to the state-run space agency.
The satellite, which will be used to track natural disasters such as cyclones, cloudbursts, and thunderstorms, was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southern India at 0013 GMT (8.13am Singapore time) on a geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV).
However, while the launch went ahead without a hitch, the rocket failed in its latter stages, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation.
"Performance of first and second stages was normal. However, Cryogenic Upper Stage ignition did not happen due to technical anomaly. The mission couldn't be accomplished as intended," ISRO said.