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.

Blasted! (Courtesy: IBNLive)

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.

Publish date: December 27, 2010 1:46 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:03 pm

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