Chennai: The failure of today's GSLV-F06
carrying GSAT-5P is the third unsuccessful mission of India's
Geo-Stationary Launch Vehicle in its seven flights.
The second operational flight GSLV-F02 powered by Russian
cryogenic engine failed in July 2006 while the developmental
flight GSLV-D3 using maiden indigenous cryogenic stage
deviated after takeoff in April.
All the GSLV rockets, including today's failed flight,
used the Russian cryogenic engines barring the GSLV-D3.
Chronology of ISRO's failed missions:
December 25, 2010: GSLV-F06 launch unsuccessful due to
snag in stage-1.
April 15, 2010: GSLV-D3 developmental flight carrying
GSAT4 onboard. Failure. Plunges into sea.
July 10, 2006: Second operational flight of GSLV
(GSLV-F02) with INSAT-4C onboard. Satellite could not be
placed in orbit. Rocket falls into sea.
September 20, 1993: First developmental launch of PSLV
with IRS-1E on board. Satellite could not be placed in orbit.
July 13, 1988: Second developmental launch of ASLV with
SROSS-2 onboard. Satellite could not be placed in orbit.
March 24, 1987: First developmental launch of ASLV with
SROSS-1 satellite on board. Satellite could not be placed in
August 10, 1979: First experimental launch of SLV-3 with
Rohini Technology Payload onboard. Satellite could not be
placed in the orbit.
First Published: Saturday, December 25, 2010, 18:09