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India’s GSLV rocket fails in first launch since 2019

India’s attempt today to resume launches of its large GSLV rocket, stalled because of the Wuhan panic since its last launch in 2019, failed today when something went wrong with the third stage.

This entirely Indian-built rocket is the one they plan to use for their manned missions. This failure will certainly set that program back, already delayed significantly because of the shut down of their entire launch industry because of COVID-19.

The satellite, also Indian-built, is also a big loss. It was to be the first in a series of Earth observation satellites.


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  • t-dub

    Well, this is certainly a setback for India’s space program, and I wish them well and a speedy recovery from this incident. It was interesting to note that the animation of the 3rd stage actually showed the vehicle starting to pitch into a forward roll before they cut away. It will be interesting to find out what exactly happened, if we ever do. The announcer handled things well saying that the scientists were “continuing to evaluate the performance of the vehicle”. I really don’t know what else you could ask for in this situation, everyone seemed very calm and professional, and I wish them the best because when they succeed we all do.

  • t-dub

    Well, it appears I should have scrolled down a bit. It looks like the third, cryogenic, stage failed to ignite. What a shame.

  • Captain Emeritus

    Very soon, SpaceX will be happy to haul up NINE of their observation satellites to GSO on a single launch, and sprinkle them in a pretty constellation around Earth.
    Save all SRB’s for pyrotechnic displays.
    Never manned flight again!
    Including, the Communist, Russian powered “Atlas”5.

  • Mark

    Hey Captain Emeritus – how US Space policy mixes with foreign policy can be unpredictable. Fifty years ago Henry Kissinger made a secret trip to Beijing.
    It is worth remembering that the opening began as a smart, hard-headed policy that helped win the Cold War against the Soviets. I know that Russia’s foreign policy is still largely driven by the Primakov Doctrine so relations with Russia will always be prickly. But maybe the U.S. can peel the Russians away from the Chinese, and maybe cooperation in space can be part of that. I think that many of us are tired of the issues with the ISS, tired of US Companies buying Russian rocket engines, and we are suspicious of the current Russian plans to work with China on the moon. But we need to keep our future options open.

  • Grant

    This is not the rocket they are planing on using for human space flight, this was a GSLV mk.2. The GSLV mk.3 is what they will use to fly people.


  • Captain Emeritus

    Hey Mark,,
    Your “U.S. space policy” point is well taken.
    Perhaps, Mr. Musk will examine the possibility of building a “Starbase” in a friendly country.
    Once “Stage Zero” at Boca Chica Starbase is pumping out Starships like a Tesla factory, he could load them on ships and export them.

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