GSLV Mission Failed - Explodes in mid-air

25 Dec 2010, dilip Comments: | Views: 1800 | | Category: India Space

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A Disaster dashing all the hopes  ....

It happened to be a disaster - when the launch was scheduled today evening  after postponing it on December 19th because of a technical snag in the cryogenic engine , a success was expected . This is definitely a big jolt to the ISRO after a failure of home grown cryigenic engine. When the GSLV started it's journey,  all awaiting eyes have cheered the smooth lifting , but no one expected it to be a disaster... 

Launch of India's latest communication satellite GSAT-5P onboard homegrown GSLV-F06, powered by Russian cryogenic engine, failed today when the rocket developed a snag soon after lift-off from the spaceport here.

After a smooth 30-hour countdown, the GSLV-F06 lifted off from its launch pad at 4 p.m. It ascended into the sky majestically, giving no hint of the disaster that awaited the rocket. As it was climbing into the sky, the rocket lost it trajectory and exploded into a ball of fire. Soon after, the sky was filled with white, reddish-orange and dark-grey smoke.  

The rocket blasted-off at around 4 pm from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at the end of the 29-hour countdown but was hit by a snag in the first stage itself, ISRO sources said. "The incident occurred in the first stage itself", the sources said, adding, details would be disclosed later. This is the second failure this year for ISRO after the previous GSLV mission with the country's maiden cryogenic engine hit a snag and the rocket plunged into the Bay of Bengal on April 15 this year. The GSAT-5P satellite weighing 2,130 kg costed ISRO around Rs 125 crore.  

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