GSLV-D3 deviates from path, rocket mission fails

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Sriharikota, Apr 15: India will have wait for another year to enter the elite space club as the much awaited launch of the GSLV-D3 rocket had a disappointing journey.

Just minutes after the take-off, the GSLV-D3 deviated from the path. On attaining the height of 60 km, the scientists on the ground lost signals.

India's first indigenous cryogenic engine was lifted off from Sriharikota on Thursday, Apr 15 at 4: 27 PM.

Speaking on the failure of the mission, ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said, "The mission objectives are not met fully. There are indications that the cryogenic engine ignited but the vehicle was tumbling and controllability lost."

"We saw the vehicle tumbling uncontrollably and it developed deviation. Two vernier engines would not have ignited," he informed, adding that the details of the flight data would be analysed to ascertain what went wrong.

If the experiment was successful India would have entered the elite space club alongside United States, Russia, France, Japan, and China, which are the only five countries in the world to have designed and developed cryogenic technology.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said that the next attempt will be after an year.

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