After more than a decade of failed attempts, India has finally successfully launched its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).


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The competition heats up: After more than a decade of failed attempts, India has finally successfully launched its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).

Moreover, this rocket was entirely built in India. It now gives that country a rocket competitive in the international communications satellite launch market.

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  • geoffc

    You say “It now gives that country a rocket competitive in the international communications satellite launch market.”

    That is a bit of a stretch, without some cost numbers, and without a better reliability record.

    I agree it is great to have yet another launcher. But that is like saying the H2A is competitive. It is there, it is mostly reliable, but it is hellishly expensive.

    You need all the parts working right. (Reliability, cost, availability).

  • You are right, of course. My reasoning is based on India’s generally lower labor costs. I strongly suspect they will be very competitive, and will help to increase the competitive worries in China, Russia, and Arianespace.

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