India has delayed the first test launch of its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from mid-December until the first week in 2014.


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India has delayed the first test launch of its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from mid-December until the first week in 2014.

This delay appears to be simple prudence. They have no specific deadline for launch, and by giving themselves a few extra weeks they can make sure they have things right. I also have two additional comments.

First, I wish they would give this rocket a decent name. GSLV is not only hard to remember, it is ugly. A better name would help their marketing enormously.

Second, read the comments at the link. They are all from Indians, and the majority of them are very enthused. It will give you a sense of that country’s passion for technology and science.

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  • mpthompson

    I wonder if part of India’s enthusiasm is a feeling of competition with their neighbor to the east. If so, good for them. The more counties that get serious about space, the better for all of us.

  • Go to the link and read the comments there. All from Indians, almost all space happy, and not because they want to compete with China but because they like space and think the knowledge gained from doing it will benefit India directly.

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