No design deficiency in GSLV, says Failure Analysis Committee

Last year, ISRO suffered set backs after two GSLV missions failed.

Bangalore: A failure analysis committee has given the thumbs up to India`s Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle saying no design deficiency has been found despite the two failures it suffered last year raising serious concern over its reliability.
"We could not find any design deficiency...," said FAC Chairman and former chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) G Madhavan Nair.

Last year, ISRO suffered set backs after two GSLV missions, one with the indigenous cryogenic engine and stage and another with the imported Russian ones, failed.

Thereafter, ISRO constituted the FAC to carry out an in-depth analysis of the flight data of GSLV-F06 as well as the data from the previous six flights of GSLV; establish reasons for the failure of GSLV-F06 flight and recommend corrective actions on the GSLV vehicle including the remaining one Russian Cryogenic Stage.

The FAC had 11 experts drawn from within ISRO and outside.

Nair said the problem with GSLV is of "minor nature" and it does not call for major changes. "We need not worry about it (failure). GSLV can only evolve as a successful launcher".


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