ISRO postpones GSLV launch due to glitch

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) cancelled Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) programme after imperfections in its indigenous cryogenic upper stage. The GSLV-D5 mission to launch into orbit the advanced communication satellite GSAT-14 was dropped due to a fuel leak.

The lift that was scheduled for 4.50 p.m. on August 19 from Sriharikota spaceport was just called off an hour before.

Why does the launch of GSLV-D5 hold significance?
  • GSLV-D5 has an indigenously built cryogenic engine which makes it special.
  • The launch vehicle will place 1982-kg weighing GSAT-14 in orbit to signal India’s entry into an ivy league of nations with frontier capabilities of launching 2,000-2,500 kg class of advanced communication satellites in outer space.
  • GSAT-14, the 23rd geostationary communication satellite built by ISRO, will join a line-up of nine Indian satellites to help provide a host of satellite based communication services, including tele-education and tele-medicine.
  • The satellite will enhance the in-orbit capacity of the extended C and Ku-band transponders in the INSAT-GSAT ecosystem to set the stage for new and exciting experiments driven by satellite-based communication.
  • India has developed this cryogenic engine as Russia denied India from providing a cryogenic engine.
GSAT-14
  • Satellite with 6 extended C band and 6 Ku band transponders.
  • It will enhance the communication transponder capacity

The previous two efforts of ISRO to launch the satellites GSLV-F06 carrying satellite GSAT-5P in December 2010 and GSLV-D3 carrying satellite GSAT-4 in April 2010 were not a success.

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