ISRO is surprised itself as its “Naughty Boy” GSLV rocket delivers GSAT-14 on target

by | Jan 6, 2014 | commercial launch services, Satellites | 0 comments

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that its GSLV2 CUSP rocket on its GSLV-D2 flight has successfully launched the GSAT-14 communications satellite for India.  The launch occured at 1048 GMT from the Sriharkota launch site in India on 5 January 2014.  The rocket uses an indigenously built cryogenic third stage using liquid hydrogen and LOX (Liquid Oxygen) as propellants.

The GSAT-14 satellite was also indigenously built and uses the ISRO-built I-2K bus design.

GSLV D5 launch. Courtesy: ISRO

GSLV D5 launch. Courtesy: ISRO

While ISRO’s PSLV rocket family is now regarded as a reliable launch vehicle, even ISRO appreciated that its GLSV launch vehicle has demonstrated poor launch reliability.   Before the flight, the Seradata SpaceTrak launch and satellite database registers 5 failures out of seven attempts.  As such ISRO’s official twitter feed noted: “#ISRO’s naughty boy, #GSLV, decides to obey the flight profile. The supercool Cryo engine delivers #GSAT-14 with remarkable precision.”

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