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The Hindu
Vehicle blows up just after lift-off

The Indian space program was rocked by a setback on Christmas Day.  An unmanned Indian rocket lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Saturday and blew up live on television after its launch because of a malfunction. 

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) was carrying an advanced GSAT-5P communication satellite into orbit when it veered off its intended path and exploded moments after take-off.  The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is citing electronic failure as the cause.

"The performance of the (rocket) was normal up to about 50 seconds. Soon after that the vehicle developed large altitude error leading to breaking up of the vehicle," ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said.

"Data indicates commands from onboard computers ceased to reach circuits of the first stage (engines) but what caused the interruption needs to be studied and we hope to get an assessment of what triggered this."

According to some reports, the rocket was deliberately blown up by mission control following the malfunction.

Originally scheduled for December 20, engineers postponed the launch after they found a leak in one of the Russian-made cryogenic engines of the GSLV.

The failed launch is the second this year for the space agency.  The first rocket plunged into the Bay of Bengal during a developmental flight in April.

India has scheduled its first manned space flight for the year 2016.

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Anyone else see a skull?
By Mitch101 on 12/27/2010 3:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
The top of the explosion looks like a skull to me.

RE: Anyone else see a skull?
By Mitch101 on 12/27/2010 3:54:12 PM , Rating: 4
Hey the image changed during my post. Was the original photochopped?

RE: Anyone else see a skull?
By AlexWade on 12/27/2010 7:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like the claw of a crab to me.

By AssBall on 12/27/2010 3:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
It's because the Qwest tech support agent told them that "everything is working properly on our end".

But in this case they were the tech support and bent them selves over on both ends.

Where is Baikonur when you need it
By gevorg on 12/27/2010 5:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
I guess Indians need Russian help on the space program too, not just the fifth generation stealth fighters.

Oh my gosh!
By geekman1024 on 12/28/2010 4:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
They hit Santa! Rudolf... Rudolf is totally roasted!

an idea
By TechIsGr8 on 12/28/2010 1:14:39 PM , Rating: 2
Hey India, why don't you outsource your rocket science stuff to the USA?

The best and the brightest
By burnstagger on 12/27/10, Rating: -1
RE: The best and the brightest
By Murloc on 12/27/2010 5:10:34 PM , Rating: 4
yeah because the nasa didn't have problems with tiles during the space shuttle launches.

RE: The best and the brightest
By ClownPuncher on 12/27/2010 5:50:04 PM , Rating: 2
Have you successfully launched one? Or, by proxy, you're taking credit.

RE: The best and the brightest
By Cr0nJ0b on 12/27/2010 6:11:40 PM , Rating: 1
bigot much?

RE: The best and the brightest
By Souka on 12/27/2010 6:34:54 PM , Rating: 1
Well with that said, just think what that money could have done for the poor...

RE: The best and the brightest
By ShaolinSoccer on 12/28/2010 2:13:49 AM , Rating: 2
Let's face it. Scientists aren't worried about the poor of "nowadays". They're worried about the poor of the "future".

RE: The best and the brightest
By Felofasofa on 12/28/2010 10:53:52 AM , Rating: 3
You mean the 80% of the population that don't have access to a clean toilet? India's emerging superpower status is a sham. Their manufacturing base is very poor, and they have to import all their hardware as they just can't make it. India is the only major power that doesn't export weapons.

RE: The best and the brightest
By Spinne on 12/28/2010 11:46:26 AM , Rating: 1
Verify your facts before posting this - it's less embarrassing that way.
On another note, you make it sound like not having a military-industrial complex is a bad thing! :D

RE: The best and the brightest
By cruisin3style on 12/28/2010 3:49:43 PM , Rating: 2
India's emerging superpower status is a sham.

The CIA and comprehensive financial institution papers say otherwise...

They're not to become a superpower in 10 years, more like 30-50+...

They share a border with China, which is set to truly explode and grow GDP something like a predicted 800% over the next 40 years. You think that won't lift India's economy with it to any extent?

RE: The best and the brightest
By Alexvrb on 12/28/2010 11:37:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, right after China annexes them, their economy will really take off!

By umop apisdn on 12/27/10, Rating: -1
RE: Hungry?
By thrust2night on 12/27/10, Rating: 0
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