GSLV-D3 launch mission fails
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) designed 49-metre tall three-stage Geo Synchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D3), powered by homegrown cryogenic engine, blasted off at 4.27 pm today at the end of a 29-hour countdown.
It was carrying a communication satellite.
Soon after the rocket’s lift-off, it deviated from its path and went out of control.
There are indications that the cryogenic engine ignited but the vehicle was tumbling and controllability was lost and it is apprehended that two vernier engines might not have ignited, which caused the deviation in the scheduled path of the launch vehicle, according to ISRO Chairman, K Radhakrishnan.