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Indian Launch Vehicle Explodes After Lift-Off 227

Posted by timothy
from the christmas-setback dept.
Indian communications satellite GSAT-5P was destroyed by the explosion of its launch vehicle, the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle. The GSLV malfunctioned while still in its first phase of its Christmas launch, after less than a minute of flight. YouTube has a video of the explosion, taken from TV9 Kannada.
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Indian Launch Vehicle Explodes After Lift-Off

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  • by countertrolling (1585477) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @01:40PM (#34666070) Journal

    Not really. They both suck... Where's the unedited version?

  • Re:Fireworks! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ColdWetDog (752185) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @01:54PM (#34666114) Homepage

    Seriously though, the GSLV seems to have a pretty poor success rate; this is the third of five operational launches to fail.

    It is their most ambitious booster to date, and AFAIK, it has more 'indigenous' technology than previous systems. If the Indians are like everybody else, they're gonna go boom for a while.

    It is Rocket Science.

  • Re:Fireworks! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by crymeph0 (682581) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @01:55PM (#34666120)
    First rule of spaceflight #9: Most of your early attempts end in tears. I hope to see India's space program try, try again until they get it right, and not let the inevitable early failures dampen their spirit. With the United States government bound and determined to cede our #1 status as a spacefaring nation (unless Elon Musk already has designs for a rocket capable of taking us beyond the moon), I can only hope another democracy like India, and not a fascist regime like China, takes the lead.
  • Not surprising (Score:3, Insightful)

    by the eric conspiracy (20178) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @02:03PM (#34666174)

    My experience with teaching students from India is that they do great on the theory, but in the lab not watch out.

  • Re:Not surprising (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25, 2010 @02:07PM (#34666184)

    My experience with teaching students from India is that they do great on the theory, but in the lab not watch out.

    And here we have a pompous ass who extrapolates his "teaching experience" to rocket launches. So, Mr. Pompous Ass, what about the dozens of past successful Indian launches? How does your "teaching theory" account for that, eh moron?

  • by puto (533470) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @02:10PM (#34666194) Homepage
    Other than those two, and a few other mishaps, the US has been putting people in space and bringing them back safely for over 40 years.
  • by Dunbal (464142) * on Saturday December 25, 2010 @02:14PM (#34666208)

    Other than those two, and a few other mishaps,

          So what you're saying is that if we exclude every event where things went wrong, the US has a perfect record?

          Tell me something, do you work for the Federal Reserve?

  • by BangaIorean (1848966) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @02:27PM (#34666274)

    Then, you'll probably explain how India managed to launch 30+ rockets successfully in the past, and launched one rocket successfully to the moon as well?

    See, this is what I detest about Americans. The sheer smugness, ignorance, arrogance and incredible lack of knowledge is mind boggling. We have all this careful "analysis" and "observation" in the parent's post, and I'll bet my ass that this chap didn't know anything about the past record of the Indian space program and simply jumped in to post an inane comment, assuming that "hey, it's Eeeendiaaa, them tech support guys, laaats of them can't speak proper English, so how can they launch rockets?" Disgusting.

  • Re:Fireworks! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Opportunist (166417) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @03:26PM (#34666532)

    You nuts? You know where private corporations would manufacture those rockets? Think for a moment before you say something like that!

    Besides, ponder for a moment what that would lead to. First, mothball every idea you had about space exploration. There is no profit in that. Second, drop any notion that information would be shared. Should they stumble upon a new propulsion system, rest assured that it will be patent-bound before the first prototype comes close to making its first cough. Third, unless it's regulated like crazy (and then rest assured it will be heavily lobbied against), pollution and space littering will skyrocket. Exhaust from rockets ain't really "green", even with NASA's efforts to make it "greener". Don't think that private enterprise would. And since it's up in the stratosphere or beyond, who cares about it? It will spread so thinly across the globe that, by the time we notice it, we can't do jack about it anymore anyway. And since there is zero profit in cleaning up the exhausted stages, they'll orbit for a while 'til they come down ... somewhere. Oh, sure, they have to be disposed orderly, but ... let's ponder for a moment... chance to hit something and kill a few people, price to pay when it hits a few people, price to pay to make it really reenter controlled ... let's see what's cheaper.

    Oh, and finally, I would not really sell an astronaut a life insurance anymore. The same applies here: What's cheaper? Ensuring the one you have stays alive or hiring and training a new one? What's the price of an astronaut, does anyone know? He better pray that this training is expensive enough that the corporation has any interest that his reentry vehicle really works. Or, in other words, I wouldn't ask for too high a salary, it might be interesting if they didn't have to pay it...

  • by luis_a_espinal (1810296) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @03:56PM (#34666624) Homepage

    Then, you'll probably explain how India managed to launch 30+ rockets successfully in the past, and launched one rocket successfully to the moon as well?

    See, this is what I detest about Americans. The sheer smugness, ignorance, arrogance and incredible lack of knowledge is mind boggling. We have all this careful "analysis" and "observation" in the parent's post, and I'll bet my ass that this chap didn't know anything about the past record of the Indian space program and simply jumped in to post an inane comment, assuming that "hey, it's Eeeendiaaa, them tech support guys, laaats of them can't speak proper English, so how can they launch rockets?" Disgusting.

    Either you are that stupid to not realize not all Americans are like, or you have been waiting for a "good" opportunity to level a disgusting generalization of us. Either way, you are not that much better from those you seek to criticize. I've meet quite a few tards from your own country (and from Pakistan) that claim as scientific stupid shit like the Romans couldn't do arithmetic while the Indians of the time could or some other inane shit to prop themselves above every other single race in the world.

    It would never cross my mind to think about generalizing that stupidity over all people of your country. Guess why? It's called brains. You (and I mean you Bangalorean), you might be educated, but intelligent and decent, you are not. Until you realize how stupid it is to generalize, you will never be.

  • by repetty (260322) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @04:51PM (#34666834) Homepage

    American children have a saying...

    'When you point a finger at me, three point back at you."

    Re-read your rant and think about it.

  • by dbIII (701233) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @08:03PM (#34667668)

    To make a programming analogy that you can understand, this is basically the equivalent of India fucking up a simple "Hello World!" app

    I am sorry sir, but it is YOUR ignorance that is showing here. A launch vehicle capable of getting a lot of mass as far as geostationary orbit is not simple either.

  • by dbIII (701233) on Saturday December 25, 2010 @08:22PM (#34667728)

    Either you are that stupid to not realize not all Americans are like

    Or on the other hand perhaps he is not generalising to the entire population of two continents and you have failed to comprehend what it written. I take it as generalising to the poorly educated, ignorant, jingoistic portion of the population that would write an ignorant pile of steaming manure such as the post he replied to. Instead it appears you see the word "American", ignore the context, then think it is aimed at yourself, George Washington and apple pie.
    He's not yelling at you, simply at the smug "USA is greatest and the rest are all monkeys yawl" in the post prior to it.

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