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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Indian Satellite launch fails as rocket explodes mid air

CHENNAI, Dec 25 : Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) suffered a major setback on Saturday when the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F06 launch vehicle failed to put communication satellite GSAT-5P in orbit.

GSLV-F06, powered by Russian cryogenic engine, lifted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Saturday evening after the 29-hour countdown. But the rocket deviated from its intended path and exploded mid-air destroying the Rs 125 crore communication satellite GSAT-5P.

ISRO sources said the rocket failed due to a techinical glitch in the first stage of the lift-off.

GSAT-5P, weighing 2,130 kg, with 24 C-band transponders and 12 extended C-band transponders was to ensure continuity of telecom, television and weather services. The satellite was scheduled to replace the INSAT-2E satellite, which was put in orbit in 1999.
The satellite, developed by ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, was the fifth in the GSAT series. It had a designed mission life of 12 years.
The launch of the satellite, which was originally scheduled for December 20, had been postponed after a leak in the Russian cryogenic engine on board the launch vehicle.
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.

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