Indian rocket explodes after take-off

On Christmas day, December 25, India’s space program suffered a set-back when 50 seconds into the launch of a communications satellite, the rocket had to be destroyed after it began to veer off course. Moments after its launch in Sriharikota near the city of Chennai (Madras), live TV footage showed the rocket disappearing in a plume of smoke. The $66 million payload, the GSAT- 5P communication satellite was lost in the detonation of the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) during its first stage. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now investigating the incident.
 
India is trying to increase its share of the growing commercial satellite launch market, stating it wants to send a manned mission carrying two vyomanauts (the name by which Indian astronauts will be referred) in space in 2016. However, according to reports, out of seven rocket launches since 2001, four have failed. An April launch, the last GSLV mission, failed because the fuel booster turbo pump in the indigenous cryogenic stage stopped working properly.
 
India launched Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned mission to the moon two years ago at a cost of $100 million. Chandrayaan dropped a probe carrying the Indian tricolour flag on to the moon and, in collaboration with NASA, carried out tests that claimed to have found water on the surface. Apparently scientists lost contact with the orbiter and the mission ended earlier than expected although the mission was still judged to be successful.
 
At the moment, various newspapers are reporting speculation that the heavier than normal payload may be responsible for this mishap. This excessive weight more than likely introduced instability in the trajectory of the rocket causing to veer off course and necessitating its destruction.

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  1. The sabotage of India’s space program is but one part of the sabotage of India’s defence and economy. I am India’s expert in strategic defence and the father of India’s strategic program including the Integrated Gucomment_IDed Missile Development Program and in my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy for India Over U.S.’, which can be found by a Yahoo search with the comment_content_author_url, I have described who has been committing this sabotage and how. But for this sabotage, India at this moment will have nuclear supremacy over the United States and economic superiority over the United States on a per capita basis. Satish Chandra

  2. Abe … take care of painting your north korean and chinese missiles. They will need fluorescent green paint this time.

    [quote name=”Satish Chandra”]The sabotage of India’s space program is but one part of the sabotage of India’s defence and economy. I am India’s expert in strategic defence and the father of India’s strategic program including the Integrated Gucomment_IDed Missile Development Program and in my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy for India Over U.S.’, which can be found by a Yahoo search with the comment_content_author_url, I have described who has been committing this sabotage and how. But for this sabotage, India at this moment will have nuclear supremacy over the United States and economic superiority over the United States on a per capita basis. Satish Chandra[/quote]

  3. @Satish Chandra: although GDP is a spurious measure of wealth, it is what is commonly used; the US GDP per capita is $46,000 while India is $3,200. The US has over 14x the per capita wealth of India. You are living a delusion.

    About the explosion–the communications package would have been safer in the care of a US company like Orbital Sciences. Why in the world would anyone trust a $66 million piece of equipment in the hands of a company that has failed 4 out of 7 times? Orbital Sciences has had hundreds of missions, with 100% success rates in most of their modern rocket lines.

    India needs to give up on their commercial rocket ventures because it’s not a comparative advantage for the nation. These failures, while spectacular, are seen as an embarrassment for India around the world.

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