The GSAT-5P which was scheduled to launch on Saturday after some previous delays actually launched… for about 47 seconds. According to the scientists, the problem was supposed to be a “very, very trivial issue” due to which the rocket launch failed.
As per IBNLive, the GSLV-F06 had altitude errors forcing scientists to press the self-destruct button for the rocket. This has been the second failure of the GSLV missions this year, the first being the GSLV-D3 on 13th April. The satellite was meant to replace the earlier INSAT 2E, used for TV, weather and telecom services.
What seems to be more startling is that the same vehicle will be used for Chandrayaan 2 in 2013 carrying India’s first human to the moon. This failure has already disappointed many but sets a big question mark as to how the moon mission will progress.
While space missions from many countries have failed, ISRO needs to build on the basics before sending a man to the moon. You can check out the video of the rocket exploding on the IBNLive link.
Published Date: Dec 27, 2010 01:46 pm | Updated Date: Dec 27, 2010 01:46 pm