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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Dec 25, 2010

ISRO GSLV F06 Fails For The Second Time

The Santa Clause did not bring the good news for ISRO. The ambitious GSLV program has failed for the second time. GSLV stands for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06) which earlier failed on April 15, 2010. The satellite was launched from Sriharikota, situated about 100 kilometers from Chennai in South India. Just 2 minutes after the launch, the satellite deviated from its path and exploded in the air. The parts of the aircraft plunged into the Bay Of Bengal.

There is no official explanation available at the time from ISRO. Earlier failure of the satellite was because of fault in the cryogenic engine however, this time the accident occurred even before the cryogenic engine was fired. The approach scientists took after learning from the mistakes of the first failure was to use a Russia made cryogenic engine. The satellite was scheduled to launch on Monday, however engineers and scientists discovered a flaw in engine.

The satellite was launched for the purpose of enhancing the television broadcast, tele-education and tele-medicine in India. The satellite was launched at 4.04 PM (Indian Standard Time), however it failed after just 148 seconds after its launch. The failure of GSLV isn't new to ISRO. Out of total 7 launches, only 2 have been 100% successful so far.

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