New Indian rocket to make 2nd attempt to reach orbit Thursday

India’s new rocket will launch for the second time ever on Thursday night (Feb. 9), and its builders hope the results will be different this time around.

The Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) is scheduled to lift off Thursday at 10:48 p.m. EST (0348 GMT on Feb. 10) from Satish Dhawan space Centre on the island of Sriharikota, which lies just off India’s southeastern coast. If the Indian space Research Organisation (ISRO) streams the launch live, as expected, we’ll carry it here at

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